Since August 2013, almost 6,000 PREA audits have been completed and the data collected by the PREA Resource Center, in support of the US DOJ, has become an essential feature of understanding the audit landscape. Audit data can tell us a great deal about the positive changes corrections, detention, and law enforcement professionals have made in the facilities under their operational control, and the ways these successes help to protect inmates, residents, and detainees from sexual abuse and sexual harassment and create safer working environments for staff. The first segment of this session will show what we have learned from audit data over the first two cycles, including implementation trends, growth in audit uptake, distribution across facility types and geography, and trends in compliance and corrective action
Audit data is only part of the picture, however. In order to learn from audits, we also learn from those being audited, and so the second segment of this session will provide an opportunity to discuss how agencies and facilities can effectively collect, maintain, and provide relevant data to auditors. Many facilities are still taking steps toward PREA implementation, and so the presenters will provide some tips on tools and techniques that jails and other local facility-types can use to manage their records and data relevant to the audit process, leading to better ways to manage their PREA implementation efforts and facilitating a smoother auditing process.
To better understand the tools that correctional agencies and facilities use to collect and maintain sexual abuse allegation and sexual abuse incident review data, The National PREA Resource Center is conducting a survey intended for PREA Coordinators, PREA Compliance Managers, or other administrators who are involved with tracking sexual abuse data in confinement facilities. Aggregate results will be reported during the webinar presentation conducted through the American Jail Association on October 21, 2020 at 2pm EST. Registration will be available on the AJA website at a future date. We hope you’ll join for an informative session and bring your questions and ideas!
Scott Catey, Associate Director, National PREA Resource Center, Washington, DC
Mika Weinstein, Program Manager, National PREA Resource Center, Washington, DC