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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.

PREA in Action: The PREA Audit Experience—Lessons Learned from the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center

The PREA Resource Center and Vera Institute of Justice invite you to join us for a webinar on the PREA audit experience. In this webinar, PREA Resource Center Co-Director Michela Bowman will describe the audit cycle, instruments, and key phases of a PREA audit. Steve Jett of the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center – the first juvenile facility in the United States to be certified as compliant with the PREA standards – will then discuss how he prepared his facility for the audit, hired an auditor, what happened during the actual audit, and what steps he took during the corrective action period. Director Jett will share the lessons he learned along the way and recommendations for other practitioners embarking on a PREA audit.

PREA Letter to all State Governors from the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Violence Against Women

Signed by Karol V. Mason, Assistant Attorney General at the Office of Justice Programs, and Bea Hanson, Principal Deputy Director at the Office of Violence Against Women, this letter was sent to all state governors on February 12th, 2014. The letter outlines the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) mandates, and PREA's affect on Department of Justice grant funding.