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 two facilities to host training audits in 2019. The onsite portion of the audits will take place between August and October 2019. Each audit will simulate the PREA compliance audit process: pre-onsite audit, onsite audit, and post-onsite audit. Certified auditor trainees (CATs) 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;
- An opportunity to familiarize staff with the processes and methodology associated with the PREA compliance audit;
- Receipt of a gap analysis from the FTP audit team within 70 days of completion of the onsite audit; and
- Targeted technical assistance tailored to the facility’s/agency’s identified corrective action needs.
While participation in the program requires staff time and the use of some facility resources, such as space and equipment, there is no financial cost to facilities for participation in this unique training opportunity. Click here for testimonials from previous FTP host facilities.
In an effort to provide the most meaningful experience to CATs, the PRC will consider facilities:
- With an average daily inmate population between 700 and 1,500 for prisons and jails, at least 100 residents for community confinement facilities, or at least 75 residents 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 2019 application round, the PRC is particularly interested in applications from jails with an average daily population of at least 700.
The application for host facilities for the 2019 cycle is now closed.
If you have any questions about the Field Training Program, please submit a Contact Us form.
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.