By Roxanne Thompson
A new federal standard to protect inmates from sexual assault could provide the conditions for Limestone County Detention Center to have access to a large group of inmates.
That is what Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson is telling county commissioners.
The standard is called the Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, and was passed by Congress in 2003, to try to protect those being confined from unwanted sexual activity from other inmates as well as from staff.
Although Texas has not adopted PREA, many of the larger county jails are becoming PREA compliant to avoid losing some of the federal funds they depend on, Wilson said.
One provision of PREA is that 17-year-olds must be housed separately from those 18 and over. Under Texas law, however, 17-year-olds are considered adults and are therefore housed in adult jails.