Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $250,000)
Authorized under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the FY20 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 use funds to assist confinement facilities and the agencies that oversee them in preventing, identifying, and responding to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in these facilities, and to support compliance with the PREA standards. Specifically, a portion of funds will be used to continue to improve upon PREA Standards implementation by hiring a PREA Accountability Specialist; renovating an existing office space in the Investigations and Project Unit into a PREA Investigations Office with increased privacy; and investigating and tracking PREA allegations. In addition, the recipient will send an increased number of staff to annual trainings to acquire updates on PREA standards, PREA investigative techniques, audit cycle and new emerging issues with the LGBTI and Gender Non-conforming community. Lastly, the recipient will produce a PREA education video for inmates and new arrestees.