These documents comprise the instrument that auditors will use to audit the U.S. Department of Justice's PREA Standards for Community Confinement Facilities. The instrument includes:
A) Pre-Audit Questionnaire – this document will be sent by the auditor to the agency to be audited prior to the audit. It will be completed by the agency’s PREA Coordinator, or similar person. [Before any facility audits take place in a given jurisdiction, the agency level PREA Coordinator should fill out 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 that work.]
B) Auditor Compliance Tool – this is 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 – this is 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 residents 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. Facility Director or Designee
iii. PREA Coordinator
iv. Specialized Staff
v. Random Staff
E) Auditor Report Template – this is a template of the report the auditor will provide to the facility and that will be published. The auditor will draw relevant information from the Auditor Compliance Tool to complete the Auditor Report Template. A fillable PDF of this document can be accessed through the title link. For a non-fillable PDF, click here.
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 – this is a list of all documentation that will be requested of 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.