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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.

Just Detention International's Manual "Hope Behind Bars: An Advocate's Guide to Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Detention" is available online

"Hope Behind Bars: An Advocate's Guide to Helping Survivors of Sexual Abuse in Detention" aims to help rape crisis advocates and other victim services providers to support survivors of sexual abuse in detention.

Audit Instrument Release

The PREA Resource Center is pleased to announce that the Audit Instrument for the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) PREA Standards for Prisons and Jails has been released, pending final revision by the US Department of Justice. For a link to the complete instrument, click "Read more" below.

Resources for Prosecutors

Do you investigate or prosecute cases of sexual abuse in confinement? AEquitas: The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women provides FREE 24/7 case consultation, technical assistance, resources, and training for prosecutors and allied criminal justice professionals.

PRC Grant Awardees

The National PREA Resource Center awarded nearly $5 million to 43 local adult and juvenile detention facilities across the country to establish zero-tolerance cultures for sexual abuse within those facilities. Read more for additional information, including a list of grantees.