The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) Field Training Program (FTP) offers direct field auditing experience — in a supervised and supported environment — for PREA auditor candidates who are seeking certification by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The goal for this program is to strengthen auditor candidates' PREA auditing skills, their understanding of the PREA standards, and their experience with the PREA auditing process, including use of the audit instrument. Experienced auditors, as well as DOJ and PRC staff, will be present as immediate resources during every step of the process.
The PRC is seeking nine facilities to host training audits in late 2018 and early 2019. The audits will take place between August 2018 and March 2019. Each audit will replicate the PREA compliance audit process: pre-onsite audit, onsite audit, and post-onsite audit. Auditor trainees (ATs) will perform all aspects of the audit; oversight, mentoring, and review of the process will be provided by experienced DOJ-certified PREA Field Training Auditors (FTAs) and PRC and DOJ staff.
Benefits to the facility for participating in a PREA training audit include:
- Assistance as the facility prepares for an actual compliance audit;
- Access to PREA subject-matter experts who can address PREA implementation concerns; and
- An opportunity to familiarize staff with the processes and methodology associated with the PREA compliance audit.
Within 75 days of the onsite audit, each facility will receive a written interim report and recommendations for corrective actions from the FTP audit team.
There is no cost to facilities for participating in this unique training opportunity. Click here for testimonials from previous FTP host facilities.
In an effort to provide the most meaningful experience to ATs, the PRC will consider facilities:
- With an average daily inmate population between 400 and 2,000 for prisons and jails, at least 100 for community confinement facilities, or at least 75 for juvenile facilities;
- That possess the demonstrated capability (including Internet access) to complete an online pre-audit questionnaire;
- With onsite medical and mental health services;
- That are within 50 miles of a major airport; and
- That are within 10 miles of a hotel that will provide accommodations at the government lodging rate.
In addition, a signed statement of support from the agency director who oversees the facility (or his/her equivalent) will be required. This statement should indicate that the agency director (or equivalent) is supportive of the facility's participation in the FTP.
For the 2018-2019 application round, the PRC is particularly interested in applications from community confinement facilities with an average daily population of at least 100.
Note: Participation in an FTP training audit does not substitute for an actual PREA compliance audit. All training audits are pending DOJ conference approval.
Field Training Program events are pending availability of funds and an extension of the cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for operation of the PRC.