Through a cooperative agreement between BJA and Impact Justice

PREA and Culture Change

Produced by the PRC in partnership with Just Detention International, the PREA and Culture Change series features currently and formerly incarcerated people and corrections staff speaking about how PREA is changing the culture of corrections—and making facilities safer for everyone.

Troy Isaac

The first video features Troy Isaac, a member of JDI’s Survivor Council who was sexually assaulted many times in youth and adult detention facilities. Troy believes that the PREA standards are essential for keeping incarcerated people safe, especially LGBT youth. 

View an accessible format of Troy's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

Tony Booker

Tony Booker is a longtime corrections professional in Johnson County, KS who led his county's PREA implementation efforts. He discusses the importance of the standards in cultivating a safe environment, the creation of a sexual assault response team, and building connections between facilities and community resources.

View an accessible format of Tony's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

Detective Dustin Contreras

Detective Dustin Contreras is a sexual assault investigator in California. In this video, Detective Contreras talks about the PREA standards, sexual assault response teams, and what it means to take a survivor-centered approach during an investigation.

View an accessible format of Detective Contreras' video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

Joe Booth

Joseph Booth was assaulted repeatedly by his cellmate while serving time in California prison. In this video, Joe, who is a member of Just Detention International’s Survivor Council, talks about the advocate and the corrections officials who supported him after the assaults.

View an accessible format of Joe's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

Johnitha McNair

Johnitha McNair is the Executive Director of the Northern Juvenile Detention Center in Alexandria, VA. Johnitha speaks about her leadership role in ensuring sexual safety and emphasizes the importance of open communication with both staff and residents.

View an accessible format of Johnitha's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

Rodney Roussell

Rodney Roussell is a survivor of sexual abuse in confinement and is a member of JDI’s Survivor Council. In this video, Rodney shares his story and emphasizes that everyone should be safe from sexual abuse and harassment.

View an accessible format of Rodney's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy is a survivor of sexual abuse in prison and is a member of JDI’s Survivor Council. In this video, Michelle-Lael talks about the importance of outside counseling and the dramatic effect that inmate peer education has on a facility culture.

View an accessible format of Michelle-Lael's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.

 

John Barkley

A longtime corrections professional, John Barkley became South Carolina’s first-ever PREA Coordinator in 2013. In this video, John talks about his agency’s groundbreaking work bringing in outside counselors and how PREA fosters a safe prison culture.

View an accessible format of John's video including closed captions, interactive transcript, and audio descriptions.