PREA Auditor Requirements and Process
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standard §115.402 specifies that audits shall be conducted by “(1) a member of a correctional monitoring body that is not part of, or under the authority of, the agency (but may be part of, or authorized by, the relevant State or local government); (2) a member of an auditing entity such as an inspector general’s or ombudsperson’s office that is external to the agency; or (3) other outside individuals with relevant experience.”
The standards also require that an auditor cannot have “received financial compensation from the agency being audited (except for compensation received for conducting prior PREA audits) within three years prior to the agency’s retention of the auditor,” and the agency cannot “employ, contract with, or otherwise financially compensate the auditor for three years subsequent to the agency’s retention of the auditor, with the exception of contracting for subsequent PREA audits.”
Beyond these requirements, the qualifications to become a certified PREA auditor are as follows.
PREA coordinators, compliance managers, and other similar functions, both state and county, will be given priority access to training spots even without all of the requisite auditing experience as long as they have been in the position for at least one year.
Individuals must complete an online application, including submission of a current resume/curriculum vitae; two letters of reference; and copies of transcripts from an accredited school or a letter from an academic institution confirming the applicant's highest diploma, degree, or academic achievement. In addition to reference letters, PRC also accepts letters from agency or facility leadership. If your jurisdiction is developing circular audit arrangements with other jurisdictions or if your leadership supports your candidacy as part of the effort to build internal PREA auditing capacity, then you may upload a letter of support from your agency executive on agency letterhead as part of your application. Note that agency-supported applicants must meet the same qualifications as any other applicant in order to qualify for PREA auditor training and certification. Agency support does not replace any other qualification requirements.
Selected applicants will be invited to attend a PREA audit certification training. Each training class is 40 hours, Monday through Friday, generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All travel, lodging, and meal costs associated with attending the PREA audit certification training are the responsibility of the applicant. There is no fee associated with attending or participating in the training course itself.
Trainings will be held at various locations throughout the United States approximately every other month November 2013 through 2014. After this period, it is anticipated that additional trainings will be provided as needed on a periodic basis.
In the event that there are more applicants for each training event than seats available, invitations will be issued to develop and enhance a broad and diverse pool of certified auditors with consideration given to factors such as: geographic location, auditor availability, professional qualifications, and which set of PREA standards/type of facility the applicant will be certified to audit.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Applicants selected for a training spot will be notified via email and must accept the offer within five business days by securing a reservation via credit card with the designated training center, which will cover the costs of meals and lodging during the training event.
If you wish to be considered for an upcoming training to become a US Department of Justice-certified PREA auditor, click here to access the secure auditor application portal and begin the process.
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