News of Interest
Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center Becomes First PREA Compliant Juvenile Facility in the United States
Press Release: The Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center is the first Juvenile incarceration facility of any kind in the United States to be certified as being compliant with the standards of the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
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.
The Survey of Sexual Violence (SSV) is an annual collection based on official records that the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has conducted since 2004. It is one of a number of BJS data collections that are conducted to meet the mandates of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA).
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking applications for funding for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program.
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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the United State Supreme Court issued its ruling in Millbrook v. United States, and held that the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) waives sovereign immunity for correctional officers who commit intentional torts against inmates while acting within the scope of their employment
National Institute of Justice Seminar - The Neurobiology of Sexual Assault: Implications for First Responders in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Victim Advocacy
In a presentation put on by the Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice, Dr. Campbell, of Michigan State University, brings together research on the neurobiology of trauma and the criminal justice response to sexual assault. She explains the underlying neurobiology of traumatic events, its emotional and physical manifestation, and how these processes can impact the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults. Real-world, practical implications are examined for first responders, such as law enforcement, nurses, prosecutors, and advocates.
On December 19, 2012, the U.S. Federal Register published the Department of Homeland Security's proposed Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced on December 6, 2012 in a press release that these standards were being sent to the Federal Registry for official publication. You can find links to these standards by clicking "Read more" below. December 19, 2012 marks the beginning of the 60-day public comment period.