The Department of Homeland Security Announced that it was issuing a Final Rule implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Regulations. The Rule covers immigration detention facilities where individuals are detained while in immigration proceedings or awaiting deportation, either of which may take weeks or months. The Rule also covers holding facilities used by Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to temporarily detain people who may ultimately be released or transferred to a jail, prison, court, or other agency or unit. These rules will also cover private prisons who contract their services to ICE, such as the Houston facility at 15850 Export Plaza Drive, when there is a substantive contract modification, a new contract, or a contract renewal. The new Rule is effective May 6, 2014 and is available here.