Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $246,146)
Authorized under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the FY19 PREA Program: Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities will assist confinement facilities and the agencies that oversee them in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in these facilities, and to promote compliance with the PREA standards. Program funds will be used to support efforts of state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in confinement facilities covered by the PREA standards; promote comprehensive implementation of the standards; and enhance community safety by decreasing the likelihood that inmates, residents, and detainees are sexually victimized in confinement facilities prior to release.
The recipient's project design is focused on utilizing findings from the NRRC"s "Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff to Reduce Recidivism" and applying these strategies to PREA implementation. The funds will be used to conduct a "root-to-stem" holistic approach to staff training, including assess current organizational culture, update staff training, and implement the eight recommendations to implement culture change. Additionally, the recipient will designate staff to track allegations and related data to identify issues when they arise.