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Auditor Certification Change

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.

Department of Justice Announces 48 States and Territories Have Committed to Ending Prison Rape

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.

Fact Sheet on STOP Violence Against Women Fund and PREA Reduction/Reallocation

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).

Frequently Asked Questions on the Violence Against Women's STOP Formula Grant Program and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Certification Requirement

The Office of Violence Against Women has released FAQs on the Services, Training, Officers, and Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Certification Requirement.