News of Interest
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.
Signed into law on December 16, 2016, the PREA amendment under the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 includes a number of important changes to the PREA statute. For more information on these changes, please click here.
This includes a list of jurisdictions that submitted re-certifications and re-assurances for Audit Year 3 of the first 3-year PREA audit cycle. Those assurances and letters have also been included. The DOJ reviews all PREA submissions made by states/jurisdictions.
PREA Letter to all State Governors from the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Violence Against Women
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.