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List of Certified Auditors

Audit Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

If you are interested in forwarding a PREA RFP to all DOJ-certified auditors, the National PREA Resource Center (PRC) will do so on your behalf. To utilize this service, please submit a Contact Us form here. Please note, the PRC will only distribute material related to RFPs to conduct audits. The PRC will not contact all auditors or groups of auditors for any other reason.


PREA Auditor Search

Below is a list of all currently certified, previously certified, decertified, and suspended auditors. Auditor searches can be customized by location and certification status. Each PREA audit must have one lead DOJ-certified PREA auditor who is responsible for the conduct of the audit and all work products. A lead auditor can employ other DOJ-certified PREA auditors to function as secondary auditors or support staff who are not DOJ-certified auditors. However, it is important to know that auditors who have been decertified or who are on suspension may not participate in PREA audits, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). 

Agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff, are strongly encouraged to check the list for the names of auditors who have been decertified and auditors who are suspended to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit.

Note that auditors who voluntarily surrendered their certification or were not recertified when their 3-year certification expired are still eligible to participate in an audit as an agent of a DOJ-certified PREA auditor.

Questions about eligibility to conduct an audit or serve as support staff should be directed to the PRC by submitting a Contact Us form here.

Certified Auditors

If your facility or agency is seeking a DOJ-certified PREA auditor to conduct an audit, you may browse the list below to find an auditor to contact by selecting “certified” from the search menu. Additional names will be listed as pending certifications are finalized.

Auditors submitted the bio information found below. The PRC posted only those bios from certified auditors who consented and made only minor spelling, punctuation, and grammar changes.

Auditors who are Suspended

Suspended auditors include any individual whose DOJ-issued PREA auditor certification is currently suspended. The duration of a suspension is determined by DOJ’s PREA Management Office and may be extended for cause. During the period of suspension, auditors may not conduct any audits or audit-related activity, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). Agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff, are strongly encouraged to use this list to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit. Additional information about DOJ auditor certification requirements and the suspension process can be found in the PREA Auditor Handbook here.

To see the list of auditors who are currently suspended, select “Suspended” from the search menu. 

Formerly Certified Auditors

Formerly certified auditors include any individual who was formerly certified by DOJ as a PREA auditor. Reasons for no longer holding this certification include voluntary surrender of certification, not seeking recertification when the 3-year certification expires, failure to meet recertification requirements when the 3-year certification expires, failure to receive full certification status following the probationary certification period, and decertification. To comply with the requirements under 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i), the PREA Management Office must publish the names of auditors who have been decertified, and the reason for decertification. Therefore, auditors who have been decertified by DOJ can be searched for separately from all other formerly certified auditors. See below for additional information on the two categories of formerly certified auditors.

Categories of Formerly Certified Auditors

  • No Longer Certified: Auditors who voluntarily surrendered their certification, were not recertified when their 3-year certification expired, or were denied full certification status following their probationary period are still eligible to participate in an audit as an agent of a DOJ-certified PREA auditor. To see the list of auditors who are no longer certified due to voluntarily surrendering their certification, not seeking recertification when the 3-year certification expires, failing to meet recertification requirements when the 3-year certification expires, or failing to receive full certification status following the probationary certification period, select “No Longer Certified” from the search menu. 

  • Decertified Auditors: Pursuant to the requirements under 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i), the PREA Management Office must publish the names of auditors who have been decertified, and the reason for decertification. This information can be viewed by selecting “Decertified” from the search menu. For more information about DOJ auditor certification requirements and the decertification process, refer to the PREA Auditor Handbook here

It is important to know that auditors who have been decertified may not participate in PREA audits, including as an agent of a PREA auditor. See 34 U.S.C. § 30307(e)(8)(B)(i). Therefore, agencies and facilities, as well as DOJ-certified PREA auditors seeking audit support staff are strongly encouraged to check this list for the names of decertified auditors, to ensure that the selected auditor and any support staff employed by the auditor are eligible to conduct a PREA audit. 

Questions about eligibility to conduct a PREA audit or serve as support staff should be directed to the PRC by submitting a Contact Us form here.


Auditor Search

Type of Certification
Certification Status
Andrea
Armstrong
New Orleans, LA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Andrea Armstrong is a professor of law at Loyola University New Orleans, College of Law.

Kenneth
Arnold
Castle Rock, CO
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities
Juvenile Facilities

Kenneth retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons as an associate warden at FDC Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he assumed duties as assistant superintendent at Ferris School for Boys (juvenile treatment facility) in Wilmington, Delaware, and deputy warden at the Lancaster County Prison in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. For the past six years, Kenneth has audited adult prisons and jails and juvenile facilities with the ACA.

Stephen
Arnold
Hot Springs, AR
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified
Jamaine
Arvin
Fairfax, VA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Juvenile Facilities

Jamaine is currently the youth services coordinator for the Fairfax County Juvenile Detention Center. Previously, he was a Fairfax County juvenile probation officer working with at-risk juveniles within the community, treatment centers, and other residential facilities. Jamaine also previously worked in the juvenile detention center as a counselor and assistant operations manager.

Carolyn
Atkins
Baltimore, MD
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified
Sharon
Aungst
Reynoldsburg, OH
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Adult Facilities

Sharon is currently retired from state government, where she last served as Chief Deputy Secretary for Health Care at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. She also served as Deputy Director of Mental Health Services for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. She led efforts to resolve Dunn, a mental health class action lawsuit in Ohio and Coleman, Perez and Plata, health care class action lawsuits in California.

Laura
Austen
Columbus, OH
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified
Oscar
Aviles
Kearny, NJ
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified
John
Bacon
Bakersfield, CA
Certification Status
Certified
Date Certified
Date Recertified
Certification Type
Juvenile Facilities

John is CEO of Kern Bridges Youth Homes and a licensed clinical social worker. He holds a master’s degree in psychology from California State University, San Bernadino and a master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University. John has worked with youth in out-of-home care for over 34 years.

Bryan
Bacon
Mayfield, KY
Certification Status
No Longer Certified
Date Certified
Date No Longer Certified