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Administrative Review & Risk Management Division

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Audits

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by Congress in 2003. The purpose of the act was to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003) The act also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards were published in June 2009 and were turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.

Pursuant to PREA, secure confinement facilities operated by or under contract with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) will be audited at least once every three years by auditors certified through the U.S. Department of Justice. Approximately one-third of the TDCJ facilities will be reviewed each year by PREA auditors utilizing the approved PREA audit instrument. The audit findings for each facility will be posted below.

PREA Helpful Links

PREA Audit Reports












For more information:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Review & Standards
Byron Ellisor
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-3437
Fax: (936) 437-3478