Mathom House and Easton Manor were the first PREA compliant programs in Pennsylvania
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement settings (both juvenile and adult). Our two residential programs (Mathom House and Easton Manor) are required to abide by PREA as of August 2012. PREA audits began in August 2013.
It is the policy of Edison Court that administrative, child abuse, and/or criminal investigations are completed for ALL allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
ALL allegations of sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment are referred for investigation by law enforcement unless the allegation does not involve potentially criminal behavior.
If you suspect sexual abuse has happened at any Edison Court facility, you may call the facility PREA Compliance Manager (Judy Holden at 215-343-7720 ext. 129), our Edison Court-wide PREA Coordinator (Kristin DeForest at 215-345-8638 ext. 412), or any other member of program administration. Please have any information or evidence available for the investigator who will be assigned to handle the case. False accusations may be prosecuted. All reports are taken seriously and investigated as outlined in PREA.
Data Review for Corrective Action and Publication
In compliance with Section 115.388 of the PREA Standards, Edison Court annually reviews data collected and aggregated pursuant to section 115.387 in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of its sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training, including:
- Identifying problem areas;
- Taking corrective action on an ongoing basis; and
- Preparing an annual report of its findings and corrective actions.
Also, in compliance with Section 115.389 of the PREA Standards, Edison Court shall make all aggregated sexual abuse data readily available to the public at least annually. The Director of Program Services & Compliance incorporates such information into our Annual Performance & Quality Improvement Report, which can be accessed by clicking here.
Mathom House and Easton Manor underwent their first onsite PREA audit in March of 2014. Our results were favorable, and as a result we were the first PREA compliant programs in the state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, we were amongst very few who had achieved this status nationwide at that time. We have recently undergone our second audit and again were found to be compliant.Please review the 2017 PREA Auditor's summary report by clicking here.