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.
PRC, along with its partner, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, has released an instructional video and resource guide for external investigators on how to investigate sexual assault and sex-related crimes in confinement settings. The video explores the similarities and differences between investigating such crimes in the community and in confinement, utilizing terminology that is familiar to external investigators (i.e., sexual assault). The goal of the video is to raise awareness of external investigators to the dynamics of sexual abuse in confinement, while the resource guide provides additional resources.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYDOCCS), with funds from they FY2011 PREA Zero-Tolerance demonstration site grants, worked with The Moss Group, Inc. to develop two Inmate Education & Orientation films for NYDOCCS inmates along with Facilitator Guides. While reviewing these resources, please keep in mind that much of the information is specific to NYDOCCS agency operations and may not be applicable to other agencies. See below for links to the videos.
The purpose of this film, Ending Sexual Abuse Behind the Walls: An Orientation, is to increase sexual safety for inmates.The approach to this work included a focus group process, with inmate groups as well as staff groups. The films are “by inmates, for inmates” in their own words. Staff highlighted in the film provide information stressing a zero tolerance policy; reporting mechanisms; and services available to inmates.
The Ending Sexual Abuse Behind the Walls: An Orientation film, in concert with this guide, provides staff with a useful resource and a forum to answer inmates’ questions around sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and fosters a culture that is conducive to sexual safety.
To assist facilities with the development and implementation of PREA compliant staffing plans, The Moss Group, Inc., under subcontract with the National PREA Resource Center, has developed this Staffing Plan White Paper. This paper identifies and explains the applicable PREA Standards and requirements, along with other influencing factors that impact a facility’s development, documentation and implementation of a PREA-compliant facility staffing plan.