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Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe Under PREA: Alternative Strategies to the Use of Segregation in Prisons and Jails

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The Vera Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the National PREA Resource Center, presents a webinar to introduce a new resource on how to keep vulnerable populations safe under PREA. Presenters will discuss the PREA standards that place restrictions on the use of involuntary protective custody and walk participants through a new implementation guide that provides strategies for prisons and jails on how to safely house inmates at risk of sexual abuse without isolating them.

Specific Challenges for the Jail PREA Coordinator

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Change. Getting staff buy-in. Communicating with leadership. This webinar will cover how a PREA Coordinator can work to gain the support and commitment from line staff concerning changes that may be needed to meet compliance measures. Also, the webinar will provide guidance for communicating to leadership about the needs - both operational changes and budget allocations – for successful PREA implementation, and effectively preventing, detecting and responding to sexual abuse of inmates.

The Making of a Jail PREA Coordinator

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Who should you choose and how do you determine their role, duties, and responsibilities of a PREA Coordinator? This webinar is designed for jail leaders as they make the decision about the appointment of a PREA Coordinator to assure that such person has sufficient authority, credibility, and knowledge to oversee the agency efforts toward implementation. This webinar will also outline the basic duties and responsibilities of a PREA Coordinator and PREA Compliance Managers.

Asking Adults and Juveniles About Their Sexual Orientation: Practical Considerations for the PREA Screening Standards

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After reviewing new statistics on LGBT people in confinement, this webinar will provide case studies of one county probation department and one state criminal justice system that have begun collecting data on sexual orientation and gender identity. Participants will leave with specific questions that they can add to their data collection and case management systems.

Understanding LGBTI Inmates and Residents

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This webinar will focus on common terminology relating to sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, research, statistics, and the application of specific PREA standards pertaining to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people in confinement. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

Meeting the Youthful Inmate Standard: Implications for Operations, Promising Practices and the Law

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This webinar focuses on the content and application of the Youthful Inmate standard. During the webinar, Prof. Smith and co-presenters will: (1) review the youthful inmate standard 115.17; (2) discuss the particulars of youthful inmates in custodial settings—gender, settings and age; (3) outline models for housing youthful inmates; (4) discuss operational strategies for keeping youthful inmates safe in adult settings; and (5) discuss legal issues related to housing and protection of youthful inmates.

PREA in Action—Committing to Safety and Respect for LGBTI Youth and Adults in Correctional Settings: Lessons From the Field

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The Vera Institute of Justice, in collaboration with the National PREA Resource Center, presents a webinar on committing to a culture of safety and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) youth and adults in correctional institutions. In this webinar, Lorie Brisbin, a National Institute of Corrections correctional program specialist, will discuss the importance of having strong policies and practices geared toward keeping LGBTI adults and youth safe. Anne Elwart, probation manager at the William F. James Boys Ranch in Santa Clara County, California, and an adult jail representative will discuss steps their agencies have taken to create cultures of safety and respect for LGBTI people in their custody.

The Clock Is Ticking: The Who, When, and How of Jail Audits

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This webinar will focus on general aspect of audits including an overview of the audit cycle timeline, what to do if audits are not completed within the prescribed cycle year, who can be auditors, the training and certification process, recommendations for negotiating a contract with potential auditors (including legal issues related to audits), and how agencies can arrange audits through circular agreements.

Demystifying the Jail Audit Prep and Process

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This webinar will focus on the logistics of undergoing an audit. This session will provide visuals for each audit instrument component and address how an agency should prepare for an audit, who should be on the audit preparation team, what takes place at each step in the audit, compliance measures, what happens during a corrective action period, and the agency’s responsibilities once it receives the final audit report.

Cross-Gender Supervision and Legal Liability

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This webinar focuses on the legal liability of agencies and staff when engaging in cross gender supervision and searches of people in custody. During the webinar, Prof. Smith will: (1) review the legal issues involved in cross gender supervision and searches including the national PREA Standards and applicable state and federal laws; (2) illustrate legal liability in different settings and scenarios using case law decisions; (3) discuss different elements of liability for municipalities, officials, individuals and staff; and (4) identify steps agencies can take to address potential liability.