The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that prohibits all sexual misconduct within a correctional setting, such as prison, jails, lockups, juvenile facilities and Immigration Services. Sexual misconduct under the act is defined as:
- Detainee on Detainee sexual assault/abuse
- Detainee on Detainee sexual harassment
- Staff on Detainee sexual abuse
- Staff on Detainee sexual harassment
Agencies must demonstrate a zero tolerance not merely by words and written policy, but through their actions, including what they do to prevent sexual assault, sexual abuse and sexual harassment and the response of the facilities, if it occurs.
As the prevention of sexual assaults in prison is an operational priority for the Lea County Detention Center (LCDC), every allegation brought to attention will be investigated in a timely manner.
Allegations of prison rape can be reported by calling:
or by email at:
or by mail at:
1401 S. Commercial
Lovington, NM 88260