Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $135,928)
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 34 U.S.C. 30307(e). The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is one of the DOJ grant programs subject to this requirement in fiscal year (FY) 2018.
The goals of the FY 2018 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 grant recipient will use awarded PREA Reallocation funds to purchase equipment and software. Specifically, the funds will be used to purchase cameras and additional technology to enhance facility surveillance systems. Also, the funds will be used to update and utilize licenses to collect, track and report data via the Tableau software. The overall goal is to enhance supervision and develop on-going strategies to enhance policies, procedures and practices to minimize a facilitys potential area of risk based on the data collection and lessons learned through the DOJ audit process.