News of Interest
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.
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