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PREA Amendment Enacted Under U.S. Parole Commission Extension Act of 2018

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was amended on October 31, 2018 via the United States Parole Commission Extension Act of 2018, or Public Law 115-274. The amendment contains a number of provisions that impact the conduct and oversight of PREA audits and auditors. The PREA Management Office (PMO) within the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) of the U.S. Department of Justice is working diligently to implement all of the new requirements in Public Law 115-274. The PMO and the National PREA Resource Center will provide updates as they become available.

NEW: Department of Justice PREA Submissions Website

You can access the PREA Submissions website at https://www.bja.gov/state-PREA-submissions/.

This website fulfills the Attorney General’s statutory requirement under the Justice for All Reauthorization Act (JFARA) of 2016 to make final PREA audit reports for confinement facilities under the operational control of states’ and territories’ executive branch publicly available on a website. Visitors to this site can link directly to final PREA audit reports for facilities that are under governors’ operational control and have received a PREA audit. Additionally, this website is structured so that visitors can determine what each state, territory, and the District of Columbia submitted (i.e., Certification, Assurance, or neither) to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for each PREA Audit Year. This site will be updated annually to include links to new PREA audit reports, and to reflect the most recent Certification and Assurance submissions to DOJ.

PREA Auditor Handbook Released

The PMO is pleased to announce the release of the PREA Auditor Handbook, a critical new resource for PREA auditors and the field. The purpose of the PREA Auditor Handbook, available here, is 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.