Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $33,612)
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) 2017.
The goals of the FY 2017 PREA Reallocation JAG Program are to support 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 funds to continue to work on achieving full compliance with the standards. The funds will be used to purchase equipment for the purpose of both audio and video recording of PREA related investigations. Lapel cameras will also be used for all Correctional Officers who provide cross gender transportation and searches for inmates both within and outside the correctional facilities.