Authors: Robert Dumon, Kim English, Peggy Heil, Colorado Division of Criminal Justice
This is essential reading for anyone tasked with eradicating the sexual assault of incarcerated individuals. Eleven promising practices are described: leaders who promote values; officials who seek better ways of managing the inmate population; open communication; recruitment and hiring of well-rounded individuals, mentoring, and succession planning; staff training; direct supervision; effective programs and services; an objective classification system; a comprehensive and independent investigation process; a system for data-driven decision making; and officials committed to correcting mistakes. Appendixes are also included that provide valuable information: literature review; inmate-on-inmate sexual assault investigation, a case description; a guide to effective medical response to prison sexual violence; effective victim services; and “Building Blocks for Institutional Safety” bulletins.
Authors: Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, State of Ohio
At the time of the report, seven facility inspections had been conducted (two juvenile correctional facilities and five prisons). There were 35 facilities yet to inspect, with a statutory mandate to inspect the 28 remaining prisons in the biennium.
In addition to the five inspection reports, four reports were been completed on the evaluation of the inmate grievance procedure. The first two reports provided the system-wide results of the survey of all wardens and survey of all inspectors. Two additional reports provided the results of the inmate survey at both the Allen Correctional Institution and Oakwood Correctional Facility.
Authors: Texas Youth Commission
The Texas Youth Commission (TYC) has zero tolerance for any form of sexual abuse of youth under TYC jurisdiction. This rule establishes prohibited conduct and behaviors that are broader than those established by the statute as violations of law. This rule sets forth standards for reporting and investigating alleged sexual abuse of TYC youth. This rule also addresses screening and housing placement procedures for youth who may be potential victims or perpetrators of sexual abuse.
The PREA Resource Center provides training and technical assistance to adult and juvenile corrections and law enforcement agencies seeking to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement.
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