This guide, also available at PREAguide.org, is designed to assist administrators of local community confinement and juvenile detention facilities in collaborating with a sexual assault response team. It is based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Sexual Assault Response Teams in Corrections Project (SARTCP), a multi-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), that Vera implemented in Johnson County, Kansas.
“Sexual abuse in custody can and often does have lifelong effects on youth. Youth who are sexually abused or experience sexual violence can suffer higher rates of drug use, have disproportionate contact with the criminal justice system into adulthood, become victimizers, and/or have higher rates of mental illness than youth who do not suffer sexual abuse.1 In addition, sexual abuse by staff or other youth in custody compromises safety and security as well as the overall mission of juvenile justice systems—to protect and rehabilitate youth … This handbook aims to educate juvenile justice professionals about the following: Why juvenile justice professionals should be concerned about sexual abuse of youth in custody; How culture and environment contribute to sexual abuse of youth in custody; Tools that will help identify, address, and respond to sexual abuse of youth in custody; How to investigate allegations of sexual abuse of youth in custody; Useful legal tools for prosecuting sexual abuse of youth in custody; [and] Preventive measures for juvenile justice agencies” (p. 1). Sections of this handbook include: introduction; the landscape of juvenile justice agencies; sexual abuse of youth in custody; youth in custody—the role of adolescent development in preventing sexual abuse; culture of youth facilities; identifying inappropriate staff-on-youth and youth-on-youth relationships; medical and mental health care for victims; investigating sexual abuse of youth in custody—duties of a first responder; rights of staff when an allegation of staff sexual misconduct is made; legal liability and sanctions for sexual abuse of youth in custody; preventive strategies; and conclusion.
The goal of this Toolkit is to provide jails of all sizes, political divisions, and geographic locations with a step-by-step guide for preventing, detecting, and eliminating sexual abuse of inmates1 in their custody – and for responding effectively to abuse when it does occur. Prison rape includes all forms of inmate sexual abuse within any correctional facility, including state and federal prisons, county and municipal jails, police lock-ups, holding facilities, inmate transportation vehicles, juvenile detention facilities, and community corrections facilities. Protecting arrestees, detainees, and inmates from sexual violence is part of a jail’s core mission. This Toolkit will help assess your jail’s operations with an eye to improvements.
The goal of this Toolkit is to provide juvenile agencies and facilities of all sizes, political divisions, and geographic locations with a step-by-step guide for preventing, detecting, and eliminating sexual abuse of residents1 in their custody – and for responding effectively to abuse when it does occur. Prison rape includes all forms of resident sexual abuse within any correctional facility, including state and federal prisons, county and municipal jails, police lock-ups, holding facilities, resident transportation vehicles, juvenile facilities, and community corrections facilities.
PowerPoint slides for the webinar titled, The PREA Toolkit for Jails and Juvenile Facilities, which took place on November 29, 2012
This guide provides various staff checklists for inmates of the Arlington County Detention Facility. These relate to inmate injury or death/suicide, communicable diseases, mass arrests, and PREA investigations, among others.
This collection of material covers various issues related to the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Contents of this set are: “Facing Prison Rape, How the Prison Rape Elimination Act Affects You” (videoconference held July 21, 2004); “Responding to Prisoner Rape, Assessing Your Agency’s Response to Prison Sexual Assault (videoconference held on January 26 and 27, 2005); “Your Role: Responding to Sexual Abuse”; and “Speaking Up: Discussing Prison Sexual Assault: A Tool Kit Designed to Assist Facility Staff in Educating Offenders to Local Sexual Assault Policies and Practices” versions for either males or females.
“The intention of this guide is to provide a general overview of corrections-based sexual assault as it relates to line staff and supervisors in community corrections agencies” (p.vii). Six sections are contained in this publication: sexual violence and community corrections; sexuality, violence, and the correctional environment; offenders as victims—the impacts and implications of offender victimization; identifying and working with victims; responding to abuse—the role of community corrections staff; and protecting offenders and preventing abuse.