The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)
The United States Department of Justice adopted the National PREA Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in juvenile detention, prisons and/or jails, lockups, and community confinement facilities.
The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has actively been implementing the PREA standards through policy, education, and good working strategies with the goal of preventing sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment in its facilities.
The Albany County Sheriff’s Office has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving any employee, volunteer, contractor, Inmate and/or detainee. All reports of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and any possible retaliation for reporting sexual abuse or sexual harassment will be thoroughly and objectively investigated to completion.
Third-party reporting of sexual abuse and sexual harassment can be made 24 hours a day to the Albany County Sheriff’s Office Communications Centers at (518) 765-2351.
A delay in reporting an incident will place the safety of any inmate or detainee in jeopardy and make the investigation of the incident far more difficult.
Annual statistical data reports will be available for public display at the Albany County Correctional Facility, on the Information Board located in the visitor lobby.
On June 20, 2012, the Department of Justice officially published the finale PREA standards for the four types of facilities: Juvenile Detention, Prisons and/or Jails, Lockups, and Community Confinement Facilities. CLICK HERE to read the final standards and the Justice Department commentary [PDF].