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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 will host an informational webinar on April 10, 2019 at 1:30 PM ET. Click here to register. A recording of the webinar will be published on the PRC website.
Learn more about the FY 2019 site-based grant program.
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.
The Office of Justice Programs has published their annual letter to all state governors. The 2018 PREA Letter to Governors outlines PREA compliance impacting fiscal year 2019.
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Click here to view the National PREA Resource Center's 2016-2017 Annual Report. This report covers the work of the PREA Resource Center from October 1st, 2016 - September 30th, 2017.
You can access the PREA Submissions website at https://www.bja.gov/state-
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.
This pre-recorded webinar, presented by Tom Talbot and Jessa Wilcox of the U.S. Department of Justice PREA Management Office, is intended as a resource for people involved with Governors’ PREA certification and assurance submissions.
Click here to access the webinar.
Signed by Alan R. Hanson, the Acting Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs, this letter was sent to all state governors on September 12, 2017. This letter outlines the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) mandates, and PREA's effect on Department of Justice grant funding.
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.