Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $124,797)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) provides that a state or territory whose governor does not certify full compliance with the standards is subject to the loss of five percent of any DOJ grant funds that it would otherwise receive for prison purposes, unless the governor submits an assurance that such five percent will be used only for the purpose of enabling the state to achieve and certify full compliance with the standards in future years. See 42 U.S.C. 15607(c). The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is one of the DOJ grant programs subject to this requirement in fiscal year (FY) 2016.
The goals of the FY 2016 PREA Reallocation JAG Program are to continue implementation of the national standards to prevent, detect, and respond to prison rape in order to protect individuals from sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement.
The grantee will use awarded PREA Reallocation grant funds to purchase cameras for the Illinois River Correctional Center and the Logan Correctional Center. The Illinois River Correctional Center has a special housing unit for ages 17 and under and the Logan Correctional Center houses maximum security women, including those with the most severe mental health issues. These locations were chosen for additional cameras because of the sensitive and vulnerable populations that are housed at both facilities and as a result of a facility internal affairs and an operations review of all camera installations. These two locations were deemed as having the greatest needs for additional cameras.