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EOPSS OGR PREA Reallocation Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $147,287)

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.
The department’s PREA Division continues to provide Sexual Assault Investigator’s Training to Department of Correction, certifying new sexual assault investigators for the MADOC. Along with MADOC the training is given to participants for County jails and participants for Massachusetts State Police. The division has conducted PREA Basic training for the Massachusetts State Police Investigative Services Unit. The PREA Division also provides PREA Basic to the new MADOC recruits.
DOJ PREA 115.401 Frequency and scope of audits: In April of 2024, the agency will prepare for and undergo DOJ PREA audits at MCI Norfolk, Boston Pre Release, and Souza Baranowski CC. In 2025 MADOC will prepare MCI Shirley, MCI- Concord/ NECC, MCI Framingham and NCCI Gardner facilities for 2025 federal DOJ Audits. We will coordinate with Department of Justice PREA Auditor on logistics and information for 2025 PREA Audits and the audits will be held according to plan.
DOJ PREA Standard 115.87 Data collection (Tableau): The MADOC will upgrade its current Tableau server technology to support the increase usage of our Tableau reports system throughout the agency. The Tableau dashboard system collects, tracks and reports 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. These PREA dashboards are now allowing the MA DOC to move beyond descriptive analytics, by leveraging advanced analytics to make better use of data to support data-driven decisions into the care and protection of our incarcerated individuals.
The enhancement of Tableau dashboards has bridge the gap between the facilities and technology enabling the modernization of our data management, analytics, governance and culture as well as to support critical strategic initiatives. These enhancements continue to augment the department’s ability to further identify preventive measures based on the improved data collection the Tableau software formulates.

Date Created: September 26, 2023