The PREA Audit Process Map describes the process from the pre-onsite phase through the post-onsite phase. This version covers juvenile facilities.
The PREA Audit Process Map describes the process from the pre-onsite phase through the post-onsite phase. This version covers community confinement facilities.
The PREA Audit Process Map describes the process from the pre-onsite phase through the post-onsite phase. This version covers lockups.
The PREA Audit Process Map describes the process from the pre-onsite phase through the post-onsite phase. This version covers prisons and jails.
PREA Standards in Focus is a new feature designed to provide a quick synopsis of a PREA standard, the intent and purpose, implementation tips, challenges, and a few audit issues related to the standard to assist in further awareness and education. FAQs and resources are directly linked to provide ease of access and bundle in one place.
The PRC is pleased to release a new publication entitled “Model Policy: Transgender, Gender Nonconforming, and Intersex (TGNCI) Youth in Confinement Facilities.” The PREA standards explicitly protect TGNCI youth due to their extreme vulnerability to sexual assault and mistreatment. The relevant standards govern a range of practices, including risk assessment, housing and classification, searches, and privacy. This new publication offers practical policies that operationalize the standards and provide clear guidance to facility staff about promoting the safety and well-being of TGNCI residents.
The model policy was funded by PRC through a mini-grant to the National Center for Lesbian Rights in collaboration with the Center for Children's Law and Policy with a diverse group of justice stakeholders.
The PREA Management Office (PMO) within the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), has developed a PREA Auditor Handbook to articulate the requirements of DOJ PREA auditor certification, establish standards of ethical auditor conduct, detail a rigorous, practice-based audit methodology, hold auditors accountable for high standards of audit quality and integrity, and provide transparency to key stakeholders regarding the PREA audit process and expectations of auditors.
The PREA Auditor Handbook covers the following core topics:
- Auditing contracts and compensation
- Code of conduct governing auditors
- Conflicts of interest
- Process for becoming a DOJ-certified PREA auditor
- Requirements for maintaining DOJ PREA auditor certification
- Auditor’s role and the PREA audit process
- The PMO’s oversight of the PREA audit function
- Maintaining, losing, or giving up certification
- Auditor resources
In addition to the topics listed above, the PREA Auditor Handbook includes the Auditor Certification Agreement, which outlines the requirements of auditor conduct and the principles to which auditors must adhere. All PREA auditors are required to read and sign the Auditor Certification Agreement in order to obtain (or maintain) DOJ PREA auditor certification.
Although this resource was developed primarily for auditors to guide and direct their role in the PREA audit process, the PREA Auditor Handbook includes important information for agencies and facilities preparing for and undergoing a PREA audit. Facilities and agencies are strongly encouraged to review the PREA Auditor Handbook to know what to expect from audits and from the auditors with whom they contract.
The PREA Auditor Handbook will be an evolving document as the PMO identifies edits and improvements. Auditors and the field will be notified of all revisions, which will be released periodically as subsequent versions of the PREA Auditor Handbook become available.
PRC, along with its partner, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, has released a five-part video series on trauma-informed care and PREA. This engaging series introduces staff to the concept of trauma generally and, more specifically, its impact on individuals in confinement. The series also highlights a jurisdiction that has embraced a trauma-informed approach in its correctional management practices, with far-reaching impact beyond PREA implementation. See below for links to each video in the series and for a resource guide to accompany the video series.