Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $59,530)
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety (NMDPS) is seeking $59,530.00 in federal funding from the FY 2022 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Reallocation Funds on behalf of the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Juvenile Justice Services Divisions (CYFD JJS) to implement a comprehensive PREA Implementation project. The purpose of this project is to enhance CYFD JJS’ response to sexual abuse and improve existing sexual abuse prevention efforts within the state of New Mexico’s juvenile correctional facilities and reintegration centers.
CYFD JJS oversees the operation of two (2) secure juvenile correctional facilities (the J. P. Taylor Center, located in Las Cruces, NM, and the Youth Diagnostic & Development Center located in Albuquerque, NM) and two (2) reintegration centers (the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration center and the Eagle Nest Reintegration Center) within the state of New Mexico. Ensuring the safety of all residents in these four (4) facilities has always been a priority for CYFD JJS. Hence, for nearly a decade, CYFD has continuously taken steps, including implementing a zero-tolerance policy, meant to facilitate the adherence of its juvenile centers to the national PREA standards. CYFD will utilize FY 2022 PREA Reallocation funding to further its efforts to remain compliant with all 43 PREA Standards. CYFD aims to accomplish this goal by utilizing PREA Reallocation funding to contract the service of a qualified and experience PREA auditor to conduct mandated PREA audits at JJS facilities as well as purchasing and installing new surveillance equipment in its facilities to help deter crime and provide crucial investigative evidence for prosecution when needed.
The NMDPS Grants Management Bureau (GMB), as the State Administering Agency for U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grants, supports the NM CYFD JJS overall goal to prevent sexual abuse in New Mexico’s juvenile facilities as presented in this proposal. The NMDPS GMB will pass through 100% of awarded PREA Reallocation funding to CYFD to achieve the programmatic goals and objectives set forth in its program narrative.