WHAT IS PREA?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties of Congress. 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, and recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape.” (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003)
PREA AND WOODLAND HILLS
We have a zero-tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. We will cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of anyone involved in the sexual assault/rape of a client at any of our facilities. The primary responsibility of our staff is client safety. We have designated a PREA coordinator who develops, implements and oversees agency efforts to comply with PREA standards.
Allegations of sexual abuse or assault/rape will be reported immediately to the Duluth Police Department via 911.
We investigate each incident of alleged or reported sexual harassment, abuse or sexual assault/rape to the fullest extent possible in cooperation with the State. Below is our 2018 report.
As a result of the staff-youth substantiated sexual abuse and harassment, the following corrective actions were completed in 2018:
- A laminated poster was placed in staff offices outlining the red flags of sexual abuse and harassment behaviors.
- Wording was added to the standards of conduct policy regarding personal relationships in the workplace.
- PREA training was reviewed and revised.
- PREA training was added to the new hire online training course.
- Arrangements were made with DOC licensing agents to provide grooming training at The Hills in April 2019. An employee of The Hills will be trained as a trainer at this time.
- Evening and lights out procedures were reviewed and enhanced. Staff training was conducted on how to implement.
- Grooming and boundaries are discussed monthly at program leadership meetings.
- Two more cameras were added to the facility.
- Live camera checks are being done by shift supervisors daily.