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News of Interest

PREA Management Office Issues Statement on Third Party Auditing Software

PMO has issued a statement on the use of third party auditing software clarifying that the Department of Justice (DOJ) Audit Instrument is the only Audit Instrument DOJ-certified PREA auditors are authorized to use in conducting the PREA audit. While correctional agencies may use third party software to assist with preparation (e.g., document retention) PREA auditors may not use such software to replace or supersede DOJ’s audit instrument.

Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities FY 2020 Competitive Grant Announcement

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the fiscal year 2020 site-based grant program, entitled Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities. The purpose of this program is to assist confinement facilities and the agencies that oversee them in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in these facilities, and to promote compliance with the PREA standards. Applications are due by April 14, 2020.

BJA will host an informational webinar on March 19, 2020 at 2:00 PM ET. A recording of the webinar will be published on the PRC website.

Learn more about the FY 2020 site-based grant program.

Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement

The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the fiscal year 2019 site-based grant program, entitled Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities. The purpose of this program is to assist confinement facilities and the agencies that oversee them in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in these facilities, and to promote compliance with the PREA standards. Applications are due by May 22, 2019.
 
BJA hosted an informational webinar on April 10, 2019. A recording of the webinar was published on the PRC website.

 

Learn more about the FY 2019 site-based grant program.

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.