Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $56,066)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program provides funding to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to support comprehensive approaches within state, tribal, and local adult and juvenile correctional facilities to prevent, detect, and respond to incidences of sexual victimization. The PREA Program provides funding to eligible applicants for demonstration projects within confinement settings, including adult prisons and jails; juvenile facilities; community corrections facilities; law enforcement lockups and other temporary holding facilities; and tribal detention facilities. Applicants must successfully communicate a comprehensive approach to the prevention, detection, and response to the incidence of sexual abuse and clearly prioritize gaps which are as of yet unaddressed, either programmatically or through changes in policy and procedures, as they relate to implementation of the PREA standards. The goal of this program is to assist local adult and juvenile facilities in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that will reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement facilities.
The Dallas County Juvenile Department will use FY14 PREA funds to address the inadequate PREA staff trainings, resident education, data collection processes, data usage, and data management in an effort to minimize sexual victimization within the Dallas County juvenile facilities.
- Enhancing facility operations and security at the St. Lucie County Detention Center
- Lake County Sheriff's Office Correction Facility housing criminal aliens requesting use of funds for correctional officers and criminal alien inmates medical expenses.
- Development and implementation of behavior threat assessment teams, suicide prevention/anti-bullying training for school personnel and students, and specialized training for school resource officers