Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $180,025)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program provides funding to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes 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. The goal of this program is to assist correctional facilities in implementing comprehensive prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that will reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement facilities; promote a culture of zero tolerance toward sexual abuse; and support facilities efforts to achieve compliance with the PREA standards.
The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) will use awarded PREA funds to create a consortium of four local juvenile detention facilities that are representative of the range and type of facilities throughout Indiana. This consortium will receive technical assistance on implementation of the PREA standards and will help IDOC create and disseminate a comprehensive PREA implementation toolkit for Indianas 22 local and privately operated juvenile detention facilities. The IDOC and the consortium facilities will partner with a national organization with extensive experience assisting agencies with PREA implementation, to develop comprehensive, PREA-compliant training curricula for direct care and medical and mental health staff; develop a comprehensive, PREA-compliant training curriculum focused on working effectively with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex (LGBTI) youth and adults; develop informational posters and brochures for juvenile and adult offenders; assist the consortium facilities with PREA implementation through in-person and remote technical assistance; create and disseminate a PREA implementation toolkit for juvenile detention facilities ; and complete certified PREA audits of the four consortium detention facilities.