News of Interest
New documents on confidentiality, privilege, and mandatory reporting resources located in the PRC library.
PRC, along with Just Detention International, has released a Third Party Reporting fact sheet. This informational resource describes the key differences between the inmate reporting requirements included in standards §115.51 and §115.53.
PRC has added a new curriculum to the Curricula page on the PRC website. The curriculum—developed by The Moss Group, Inc.—is titled, PREA Employee Training.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has finalized and released the process for facilities to appeal the results of their official Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audits.
DOJ has amended the certification protocol for PREA auditors. The new protocol consists of certification as an adult facilities auditor, a juvenile facilities auditor, or certification for both types of facilities where experience warrants. With an adult facilities certification, an auditor is certified and able to audit adult prisons, jails, community confinement facilities, and lockups. With a juvenile facilities certification, an auditor is certified and able to audit all facilities whose primary use is for the confinement of juveniles pursuant to the juvenile justice system or criminal justice system. This change is retroactive and all current auditors’ certifications will be modified on the PRC website to reflect this change. PRC will provide continuing education to existing and future auditors about auditing in different facility types: differences in the standards, challenges that arise in different settings, and any differences in the audit process in the various facility types covered by the standards.
This Digest comprises a variety of cases from state and federal jurisdictions, most of them involving criminal or administrative proceedings in which sexual abuse in confinement is a factor.
Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole and Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs Mary Lou Leary announced on May 28, 2014, that the vast majority of US states and territories have informed the US Department of Justice that they intend to take steps to reduce sexual abuse in prisons, in accordance with federal law.
By statute, states that do not comply with the standards issued under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) are subject to a 4.75 percent reallocation or reduction in STOP Violence Against Women Formula Program (STOP Program) funds. This fact sheet explains the process and provides further information regarding that reallocation/reduction. For more information, please see the “Frequently Asked Questions on the STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Certification Requirement,” available at http://www.ovw.usdoj.gov/grantees.html (STOP Program) and http://www.prearesourcecenter.org/faq (PREA).
The PREA Resource Center is pleased to announce that the Audit Instruments for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) PREA Standards for Prisons and Jails as well as for Juvenile Facilities have been released.
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Title II Part B Formula Grants Program Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released FAQs on the Title II Part B Formula Grants Program and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Certification Requirement.