What determines whether a facility is “primarily used for” a particular purpose under the PREA standards?
The simplest way to make this determination is to determine whether, over a period of one year, the facility holds more people for that purpose than for any other purpose.
For facilities whose populations vary significantly from year to year, agencies may require some predictability for three-year PREA audit cycle planning and scheduling purposes. In such cases, agencies may rely on the facility’s historical “primary use” calculation over the prior three-year period. Agencies may make this calculation based on: (1) the annual calculation for the prior three-year period (e.g., the primary use in two or more years of the prior three-year period), or (2) the aggregated average daily population use over the entirety of the prior three-year period.
For facilities that have been open fewer than three years, the agency may rely on the “primary use” of a facility since the facility opened.
Revised August 2, 2019. Original posting date July 9, 2013.