Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $228,184)
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 update the current PREA trainings to include comprehensive trauma-informed and gender-based curricula while assuring evidence-based practices are being utilized. This new training/informational program will be directed to staff, residents and to the friends and families of those under the control of the NHDOC. This will include curricula for multiple informational videos. Additionally, specialized training will be provided to leadership and intake screening staff that will be primarily dedicated to the improvement of the resident intake process to secure and enhance the ability to identify those at risk of sexual victimization or who have already been victimized. In addition, funds will be used to upgrade video monitoring equipment.