Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Benton County Jail has a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings.
The Benton County Jail has a zero-tolerance standard for incidence of sexual assault and rape and makes prevention of inmate sexual assault and rape a top priority. The Bureau of Justice Statistics carries out, annually, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape.
The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission has studied the impact of prison rape on Federal, State, and local governments and on communities and social institutions. Their recommended national standards for enhancing the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape have been submitted to the U.S. Attorney General.
Inmates who are currently being sexually assaulted are encouraged to talk to a staff member. This will allow for the quickest response. Benton County has a Sexual Assault Response Team that can respond and ensure needed services are afforded.
Inmates may report in person, through an inmate communication, or through the grievance system.