Adult Prisons and Jails

These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Prisons and Jails. The instrument includes:

A) Pre-Audit Questionnaire – will be sent by the auditor to the facility prior to the audit. It should be completed by the facility’s PREA Compliance Manager, or similar person. (Before any facility audits take place in a given jurisdiction, the agency-level PREA Coordinator should complete a version of this to provide any agency-level information and any relevant agency-wide policies so that all facility auditors can reference the agency-level material without having to duplicate the work.) Access the fillable PDF of the Pre-Audit Questionnaire here. Access the non-fillable PDF of the Pre-Audit Questionnaire.

B) Auditor Compliance Tool – the tool the auditor will use to determine compliance with the standards. A fillable PDF of this document can be accessed through the title link. For a non-fillable PDF, click here

C) Instructions for PREA Audit Tour – a guide for auditors with instructions for the facility tour they will conduct as part of each audit.

D) Interview Protocols – there are six different interview protocols. These protocols will be used by auditors to interview staff and inmates as part of the audit. Answers from the interviews will be part of the auditor’s compliance assessment. Auditors are not limited to these questions but the questions in the protocol provide a minimum foundation for the auditor’s inquiry.
     i.   Agency Head or Designee
     ii.  Warden or Designee
     iii. PREA Compliance Manager/Coordinator
     iv. Specialized Staff
     v.  Random Staff
     vi. Inmates

E) Auditor Report Template – a template of the report the auditor will provide to the agency that will be published. The auditor will draw relevant information from the Auditor Compliance Tool to complete the Auditor Report TemplateA fillable version of this document can be accessed through the title link. Access a non-fillable PDF version of the Auditor Report Template.

In addition, the PRC has released the following documents to help agencies prepare for their audit: 

F) Process Map – describes the process from pre- through post-audit.

G) Checklist of Documentation – lists all documentation that will be requested from the facility as part of an audit and will be sent by the auditor to the facility along with the Pre-Audit Questionnaire in preparation for the audit.