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.
PRC, along with its partner, The Moss Group, Inc., has released an instructional video and facilitator’s guide on conducting professional and respectful cross-gender pat searches and pat searches of transgender inmates. The Moss Group, Inc., and PRC produced this resource in an effort to support agency compliance with the PREA standards. However, the standards do not require the usage of any specific vendor or curricula, including those produced by the PRC. Agencies evaluating training products should complete an independent evaluation of whether or not the training product will meet training requirements as specified by the PREA standards. See below for links to these resources.
In 2013, NMAC together with Bernalillo, Chaves, San Juan, and Taos counties was awarded a $300,000 grant from the PRC to support implementation of the PREA standards in New Mexico juvenile detention facilities. The resources produced include a staff training course and resident orientation video as well as updated sample policies.
Access the facilitator’s guide here.
For more information about the resources developed by the NMAC, please visit their website at http://www.nmcounties.org/prea-implementation-materials/
The guide provides strategies for safely housing inmates at risk of sexual abuse without isolating them. The promising strategies included in the guide aim to not only protect individuals from abusers, but also ensure equal access to programming and health and mental health services, and congregate opportunities.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) and gender non-conforming inmates represent particularly vulnerable populations with unique medical, safety, and other needs. Though some of the concerns and vulnerabilities faced by these populations are similar, transgender and gender non-conforming inmates are distinct from gay, lesbian, and bisexual inmates in important respects. Basic principles of risk-based classification should be applied with LGBTI populations, accounting for unique characteristics that may affect their risk of victimization. For transgender inmates, this includes making individualized decisions regarding gender placement (i.e., whether the inmate will be housed in a facility for females or for males).
Overall training goals include:
- To encourage respectful communication with and about LGBTI correctional populations.
- To provide you with an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills about respectful intake and classification procedures.
These resources will further understanding on polygraphs, to accompany standards 115.71, 115.171, 115.271 and 115.371.
Notice: The following provisions are not intended to convey or contain legal advice. Please consult with an attorney in all relevant jurisdictions prior to finalizing. This document is not officially endorsed by the U.S. Department of Justice; rather, these provisions are included for the convenience of the parties.
This publication is a tool for educating inmates about legal and other mechanisms, including the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), that can provide protection and redress from sexual abuse in custodial settings.
This handbook provides information on the following subjects:
- The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and the National PREA Standards.
- Sexual abuse in custody by staff and other inmates.
- Dynamics of sexual abuse in custody.
- Reporting and factors affecting inmates’ decisions to report.
- Medical and mental health needs of inmates who are victims of sexual abuse.
- Inmates’ rights under the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the National PREA Standards.
- Resources for seeking help or interventions after incidents of sexual abuse or harassment.