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FY 2015 PREA Certification and Assurance Update
The deadline for the submission of PREA Certifications and Assurances is May 15, 2015. In response to recent requests for information regarding PREA submissions, BJA will begin posting a list of Certifications and Assurances received from jurisdictions on a rolling basis on this webpage.

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!
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.

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.

Tom Talbot
Senior Policy Advisor
202-514-9482
E-mail: Thomas.Talbot@usdoj.gov

Emily Niedzwiecki
Policy Advisor
202-305-9317
E-mail: Emily.Niedzwiecki@usdoj.gov

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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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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PREA: What You Need To Know (Inmate Education Facilitator's Guide), BJA-Sponsored, February 2014. This guide helps corrections officials as they conduct educational screenings of "PREA: What You Need to Know," a video which is designed to teach inmates about their right to be free from sexual abuse and harassment.
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Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: The Impact of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), BJA-Sponsored, January 2014. This training curriculum is designed to improve the capacity of tribal detention officers to adequately prevent and respond to incidents of sexual abuse within detention facilities in Indian Country.
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National PREA Resource Center Fact Sheet, BJA-sponsored, May 2014. This fact sheet highlights the activities of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center.
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Register for the Next PREA in Action Webinar

The Vera Institute, in collaboration with the National PREA Resource Center, will present a webinar entitled "Committing to Safety and Respect for LGBTI Youth and Adults in Correctional Settings: Lessons from the Field" on September 25, 2014, at 3:00-4:30 p.m. eastern time.


PREA State Compliance

As required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the Department of Justice (DOJ) is making publicly available the lists of states and territories that submitted certifications and assurances, and those that will be subject to a 5 percent reduction in certain DOJ grant funds. Read the DOJ press release or view the listing.


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.


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PREA Program: National PREA Resource Center FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/30/2015, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for the ongoing operation of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resource Center (PRC).
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PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/10/2015, 11:59 PM
This 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 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

 

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