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News of Interest

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.

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.