Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $133,231)
The Massachusetts Department of Correction (MADOC) has been successful in maintaining compliance with the Department of Justice’s National PREA Standards since its inception in 2013. The agency has ensured that at least one-third of each facility type operated by the Massachusetts Department of Correction has been audited resulting with successful and compliant reports each year. MCI Shirley, MCI Concord/NECC, were audited in April of 2022. NCCI MCI Framingham will be audited August 2022.
The department’s PREA Division provided Sexual Assault Investigator’s Training to Department of Correction, certifying 20 new sexual assault investigators for the DOC. Along with DOC the Training was given to 23 participants for County jails and 15 participants for Massachusetts State Police. The division has conducted PREA Basic training for the Massachusetts State Police Investigative Services Unit. The Division conducted training for State Police Recruit Class on June 10, 2022, at the training academy in New Braintree, MA. The PREA Division also has taught PREA Basic to the new DOC recruits, February 7, 2022.
January 2022, The PREA Division received an award for participating in the Violence Against Women Act’s Survey of Sexual Victimization. The federal PREA funds received were spent on providing inmates with outside victim advocacy services through our contracted provider Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
The PREA Division conducted internal PREA Audits at NCCI, LSH, NECC and MCI Concord, SBCC, and Pondville which included assessing each facility’s cameras per DOJ PREA standard 115.13 Supervision and Monitoring.
The MADOC will update and utilize licenses to collect, track and report data via the Tableau software. This is upgraded web-based report, dashboard and data visualization software that provides a centralized reporting and data collection system with information management tools used to track PREA related events and audits at the DOC facilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the use of Tableau cloud mobile services for PREA compliance and went live in June 2022. Therefor the enhanced Tableau Desktop training is needed for MADOC PREA managers and data analyst and will be provided as well. The data information collected and analyzed via will augment the department’s ability to further identify preventive measures based on the improved data collection the Tableau software formulates.