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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.

PREA Letter to all State Governors from the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Violence Against Women

Signed by Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs, and Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director at the Office of Violence Against Women, this letter was sent to all state governors on September 9, 2016. The letter outlines the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) mandates, and PREA's affect on Department of Justice grant funding.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Rule Change Effective August 8, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) published the final rule for its Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Formula Victim Assistance Grant Program in the Federal Register on July 8, 2016. The rule, effective on August 8th, clarifies the requirements regarding services to underserved victims, and continues to provide that victims of elder abuse, human trafficking, and other crimes are eligible for VOCA-funded assistance. The rule now makes it possible to use VOCA funding to provide support services to sexual assault victims in detention and correctional facilities.

FY 2016 List of Re-Certification and Re-Assurance Submissions for Audit Year 2

This includes a list of jurisdictions that submitted re-certifications and re-assurances for Audit Year 2 of the first 3-year PREA audit cycle. Those assurances and letters have also been included. As explained in the February 25, 2016, letter from AAG Mason and OVW Principal Deputy Director Hanson, DOJ reviews all PREA submissions made by states/jurisdictions. DOJ is in the process of collecting additional information from several of the states listed above regarding their certifications and efforts to come into compliance with the PREA standards.

PREA Letter to all State Governors from the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Violence Against Women

Signed by Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs, and Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director at the Office of Violence Against Women, this letter was sent to all state governors on February 25, 2016. The letter outlines the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) mandates, and PREA's affect on Department of Justice grant funding.

New Resource: Developing and Implementing PREA-Compliant Staffing Plan

PRC, along with its partner, The Moss Group, Inc., has released a white paper and produced an accompanying webinar on developing facility-specific staffing plans that incorporate the necessary factors as outlined in Standard §115.13 – Supervision and monitoring. These resources were developed in an effort to support agency compliance with this standard by building off existing guidance on staffing plans in order to make a plan that is facility-specific and attune to sexual safety.

PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to state, tribal, and local governments to implement comprehensive approaches to address the detection, prevention, and response to sexual abuse within confinement environments.