Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders

National Institute of Corrections
American University Washington College of Law
March 6 - 11, 2005

American Correctional Association Resolution on
the Prison Rape Prevention Act of 2003

WHEREAS, the United States Congress cited studies during the debate on the Prison Rape Reduction Act of 2003 showing that at least 13 percent of the inmates in prisons in the United States have been sexually assaulted while in prison, with many inmates suffering repeated assaults; and

WHEREAS, under the estimates utilized by the United States Congress, nearly 200,000 inmates now incarcerated have been or will be the victims of prison rape; and

WHEREAS, the actual incidence of offender on offender sexual assault and rape while in prison and the incidence of staff on offender sexual assault has not yet been empirically substantiated;

WHEREAS, the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, signed into law on September 3, 2003 (Public Law No: 108-79), is designed to systematically study the occurrence of offender on offender and staff on offender sexual assault and propose standards to prevent these acts in our nation's criminal justice systems;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Correctional Association considers any instance of sexual assault or sexual misconduct to be completely unacceptable and unlawful and contrary to the mission of the corrections profession.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE AMERICAN CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION fully supports research to determine the extent of this problem and the implementation of the Prison Rape Prevention Act of 2003 and offers the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice assistance in implementing this legislation.

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