Arkansas Citizens Demand’s For Prison Rape Elimination Act Compliance
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The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 was supported by a broad base of activists, lobbyists, and organizations, particularly Just Detention International. The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission lobbied for the passage of the legislation as did the conservative organization Concerned Women for America. These groups were part of a diverse coalition of human rights and religious groups which backed the legislation; other groups which supported the act were: Amnesty International USA, Focus on the Family, Human Rights Watch, the NAACP, the National Association of Evangelicals, Penal Reform International, Physicians for Human Rights, the Presbyterian Church USA, Prison Fellowship, the Salvation Army and the Union of American Hebrew Congregations.
- The bill was sponsored, in both houses of the US Congress, by a bipartisan group of legislators. The initial sponsors of the bill in the Senate were Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and, in the House of Representatives the legislation was sponsored by Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), who was the initial co-sponsor. The Senate bill picked up four co-sponsors on the day it was passed, they were: Senators Mike Dewine (R-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The House bill had a total of 32 co-sponsors, including Scott. The bill passed both the House and Senate by unanimous consent; it passed the Senate on July 21, 2003, and the House on July 25.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prison_Rape_Elimination_Act_of_2003
But Utah and Arkansas continue to reject the standards.
Arkansas continues to reject federal guidelines meant to prevent prison rape — and now is one of only two states that won't comply, according to a recently released U.S. Department of Justice report.
Arkansas citizens should have the same safety measures as other states, especially because the standard is so low Arkansas that it leads the rape epidemic and culture nation wide.
- Arkansas by promoting employees of prison rape instead of rooting out offenders, or effectively training their staff members hasn’t been effective keeping predatory practices at ADC Woman’s Units. We must change this for our daughter, mothers, sisters incarcerated in Arkansas because the compliance certification period ended and the poor record of being accountable to rape and has failed to improve the assaults or rape culture inside female prisons of Arkansas.
Sign our petition for demanding Compliance of PREA, Citizen demand for the compliance of the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA. Also to conduct hiring staff that puts more female staff members as employees to the females incarcerated in Arkansas. Rape kits common to be available in medical situation given by medical request anytime inmate request a rape test.
Men should have fewer positions inside Arkansas woman prison s. And not in private contact in any situations. All woman units would be mostly woman guards. And because female inmates is often exposed naked. Arkansas citizen's can insist more woman employees are hired for woman prison employee. As so it would be safer for Arkansas inmates, if female employee controlled population of female offenders at unit. Any program training or metal health care should be female to female. Inside Arkansas woman prison, inmates should not become sexual devices for programs. And assurance needs are that any conflict with PREA not be used to diminish PREA standard regardless of other considerations of policy. Prison Rape Elimination Act Compliance is over due and should be our first priority considering the lack of safety. Arkansas deserves better treatment of woman citizen inmate or not. Demands for PREA compliance this 2018 Please Sign The Petition
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