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Linn County Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services was certified on October 17, 2019 to be 100% compliant with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The Linn County Juvenile Detention Center is only the second detention center in the state of Iowa to obtain full compliance of a juvenile correctional facility under the Prison Rape Elimination Act standards for juvenile facilities. The Center was noted as not only meeting standards but also exceeding the expectations for several of the standards.
PREA is designed to ensure correctional facilities establish policies and practices to protect those who are detained from sexual violence by staff and/or other offenders.
Director of Linn County Juvenile Detention & Diversion Services Dawn Schott commends her staff for this tremendous accomplishment. "As a Department, we place a high priority on compliance with this important legislation designed to protect detained youth. Our Center was not federally mandated to participate in this certification, but ultimately it is in the best interest of the youth being served, the safety of the staff providing the service, and an obligation to the residents of Linn County."
PREA was passed unanimously by the U.S. Congress and was signed into law on September 4, 2003. On June 20, 2012, the PREA national standards were published in the Federal Register and became binding on state confinement facilities 60 days later.
PREA was created to help eliminate sexual violence within corrections and provides for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and staff sexual misconduct. PREA mandates apply to all institutions and community residential facilities that utilize Federal funds and holds all staff, contractors, and volunteers responsible for the detection, prevention, and reporting of known and suspected occurrences of sexual assault, harassment, and misconduct.
The PREA standards increase visibility of the aforementioned issues and increase accountability for government facilities, private facilities, and every individual who works in corrections.
More information and the entire PREA audit can be found on the Linn County Juvenile Detention & Diversion’s website page: LinnCounty.org/JuvenileDetention.