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New Information Available on PREA Audits

All confinement facilities covered under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards must be audited at least every 3 years to be considered compliant. The PREA Resource Center (PRC) has added a new web page dedicated to information and guidance on PREA audits, including information on how to apply to become a DOJ-certified PREA Auditor.


Want To Become a Certified PREA Auditor? DOJ Is Seeking Candidates Now!

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and BJA are seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in being certified as a Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Auditor. DOJ will train and certify selected individuals to conduct PREA audits using the PREA audit instrument. To fully implement the national PREA standards, confinement agencies must have access to an adequate number of qualified individuals certified by DOJ to conduct PREA compliance audits.


The National Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2012.

On January 24, 2011, the Department of Justice released the proposed rule in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act. View the associated press release. Additionally, see the complete rule on the Office of Justice Programs site.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resources
The National Judicial College has published two resources that provide judges with an introductory overview of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003:

  • What Judges Need to Know About Prison Rape: The Prison Rape Elimination Act
  • The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: Curriculum for Judges

Eligibility
States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) are eligible to apply for this opportunity when open.

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National PREA Resource Center
The National PREA Resource Center site highlights upcoming and archived webinars related to PREA efforts and activities. Also available is information about targeted training and technical assistance, BJA demonstration sites, and curricula. See the Training & Technical Assistance section of the National PREA Resource Center site to learn more about these activities.

Prosecution of Prison Rape Training Resources
The National District Attorneys Association's National Center for the Prosecution of Violence Against Women (NCPVAW), in collaboration with the National Judicial College, has created two resources for prosecutors. The Prosecution of Prison Rape and the Prison Rape Elimination Act: A Model Curriculum for Prosecutors contains videos, a PowerPoint, and corresponding faculty manual to facilitate training on the prosecution of prison rape. The Prosecution of Prison Rape: The Prison Rape Elimination Act CD-ROM is designed to teach prosecutors how to prepare and prosecute prison rape cases. For more information, contact NCPVAW.

National Institute of Corrections Training
In accordance with the provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) conducts training, technical assistance, and education programs for federal, state, and local authorities responsible for the prevention, investigation, and punishment of instances of prison rape. Grantees and nongrantees that are interested in learning more about NIC's training and technical assistance program should visit www.nicic.gov.

Thurston Bryant
Policy Advisor
202-514-8082
E-mail: Thurston.Bryant@usdoj.gov

Anti-Fraternization Policies and Their Utility in Preventing Staff Sexual Abuse in Custody, This case law digest details how courts across various jurisdictions have analyzed correctional employees’ challenges to anti-fraternization policies.
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Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: A Policy Development Guide, NCJ 238224, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the American Probation and Parole Association,Carrie Abner, October 2011. This document seeks to provide guidance to administrators of tribal detention facilities on the key policy issues for the prevention, reduction, detection, and punishment of sexual abuse perpetrated on those under correctional supervision in Indian Country, including in jails, juvenile detention facilities, and police lock-ups.
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More BJA Publications

Grant Awards:


Announcement:

Allegations of Sexual Victimization in Prisons and Jails Rose From 2009 to 2011; Substantiated Incidents Remained Stable

Correctional administrators reported 8,763 allegations of sexual victimization in prisons, jails and other adult correctional facilities in 2011, a statistically significant increase over the number of allegations reported in 2009 (7,855) and 2010 (8,404), the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) announced today.


PREA Zero Tolerance Site-Based Funding Opportunity

BJA's PREA Resource Center (PRC) has announced a grant opportunity to establish “Zero Tolerance” cultures for sexual abuse in locally and tribally operated adult and juvenile detention facilities. Awards of up to $100,000 for individual agencies and up to $300,000 for collaborative applications are available. Agencies that operate small (less than 100 beds) or medium (less than 500 beds) facilities are encouraged to apply. All applications must be completed and submitted online by January 15, 2013.


Register for the Next PREA Webinar

Register now for "The National PREA Standards: Confidentiality, Ethics, and the Law," a webinar hosted by the The Project on Addressing Prison Rape. The webinar, which will focus on the national PREA Standards and the impact of professional ethical obligations and confidentiality laws for sexual abuse victims in custodial settings, will be held September 17 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time.


PREA Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities solicitation. Applications are due July 5, 2013.


Register Now for the PREA Standards Webinar

Register for BJA's National PREA Resource Center and Vera Institute of Justice's "Implementing the Youthful Inmate Standard Part 1: Lessons from the County and State Level in Oregon" webinar, which is being held May 16 at 3:00-4:30 p.m. eastern time.


Upcoming PREA Resource Center Webinars

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center has several webinars scheduled in the coming weeks, including PREA Standards and Policy Development Guidelines for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in Custody on November 13, Getting to Work: PREA and Victim Services in Prisons, Part 2 on November 15, and Laying the Groundwork: PREA and Inmate Education in Prisons, Part I on November 27.


Funding:

PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/20/2014, 11:59 PM
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program provides resources to state, tribal, and local governments to implement comprehensive approaches to address the detection, prevention, and response to sexual abuse within confinement environments.
Solicitation


PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 07/05/2013, 11:59 PM
The PREA Program provides funding for demonstration projects within confinement settings, including adult prisons and jails; juvenile facilities; community corrections facilities; law enforcement lockups and other temporary holding facilities; and tribal detention facilities.
Solicitation


PREA Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures For Sexual Assault in Local Adult and Juvenile Correctional Facilities FY 2012 Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/15/2012, 11:59 PM
Demonstration projects funded through this solicitation will support comprehensive approaches within local adult and juvenile correctional facilities to prevent, detect, and respond to incidences of sexual victimization.
Solicitation


Prison Rape Elimination Act: Demonstration Projects to Establish "Zero Tolerance" Cultures for Sexual Assault Program FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 07/07/2011, 07:59 PM
This program provides resources to states, local governments, and federally recognized tribes to implement comprehensive approaches to address the detection, prevention, and response to sexual abuse within onfinement environments.
Solicitation


Protecting Inmates and Safeguarding Communities Discretionary Grant Program FY 2007 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 01/18/2007, 07:59 PM
This program assists state, local, and tribal efforts to prevent or reduce crime and violence by supporting states efforts to prevent and eliminate prison rape between inmates in state and local correctional facilities and to safeguard the communities to which inmates return.
Solicitation  FAQ


Protecting Inmates and Safeguarding Communities Discretionary Grant Program FY 2006 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/09/2006, 07:59 PM
This program supports states’ efforts to prevent and eliminate prisoner rape between inmates in state and local prisons, jails, and law enforcement lockup facilities and to safeguard the communities where inmates return.
Solicitation


Protecting Inmates and Safeguarding Communities FY 2004 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/04/2004, 11:59 PM
This program assists states and local jurisdictions in ensuring that budget cuts don't compromise efforts to protect inmates and to safeguard communities upon the inmate's reentry.
Solicitation