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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.

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.

Department of Homeland Security PREA Standards

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.

PRC Grant Announcement

The PREA Resource Center is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to establish “Zero Tolerance” cultures for sexual abuse in locally and tribally operated adult and juvenile detention facilities; with awards of up to $100,000 for individual agencies; $300,000 for collaborative applications. Agencies that operate small (less than 100 beds) or medium (less than 500 beds) facilities are strongly encouraged to apply. See full announcement for details.

Audit Update

The PRC frequently receives questions about the PREA standards’ audit requirements; topics include how agencies should prepare for the audit, progress on development of the audit, how auditors will be identified and trained, and audit logistics. We offer this update to answer some of those questions.