Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $79,262)
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 will utilize FY19 Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities to support the District of Columbia Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). Funds will be utilized to reduce sexual abuse in DYRS facilities by instilling a zero tolerance for sexual abuse culture through specialized counseling and victim advocacy training, providing PREA resources for the hearing impaired, and conducting PREA audits. CA/NCF