Inmate Education: PREA What you Need to Know Video and Facilitator's Guide

The National PREA Resource Center (PRC), along with Just Detention International (JDI), has released PREA: What You Need to Know, a 16-minute inmate education closed captioned video and a facilitator’s guide to accompany the video.

The the closed captioned video and accompanying facilitator’s guide are designed to help adult prisons, jails, and lockups to meet the inmate education requirements of the US Department of Justice’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape (§115.33 and §115.132). The video includes an introductory section that can be used during intake to inform incoming inmates about a facility’s zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse and how victims can report it. The full video can be used to provide a comprehensive inmate education program and covers:

  • The definition of sexual abuse and sexual harassment;
  • The absolute right of inmates to be free from such violence;
  • Agency policies and procedures for preventing and responding to sexual abuse and sexual harassment; and
  • How inmates can get support and medical and mental health care after an incident of sexual abuse.

The video features a range of experts, including survivors of prisoner rape, former Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) inmate peer educators, advocates, and corrections officials. Because inmate education should be facility specific, the video has information applicable to all adult detention settings.

The accompanying facilitator’s guide explains how facilities can customize the video for their individual inmate education programs. The guide also supports staff facilitators and inmate peer educators who will screen the video, describing how and where to include information about facility policies, reporting channels, available victim services, and how to make inmate education accessible to inmates with limited English proficiency or disabilities.

The facilitator’s guide is designed to assist in delivery of the video and offers suggested talking points to tailor the information to an individual facility’s policies and procedures. A complete transcript of the video is included as an appendix.

To view the closed captioned PREA: What You Need to Know without downloading, click here.

To download the open-captioned PREA: What You Need to Know, click here(Please only use this link for downloading purposes.) Last updated February 28, 2017.

Click here to access the facilitator's guide.

Click here to access these resources via our curricula page under "Inmate Education".