Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $248,149)
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 assign a dedicated PREA compliance manager to a cluster of four diverse facilities. PREA compliance will be their sole responsibility. In addition to compliance, the staff person will be responsible for chairing the county's PREA sexual assault response team; piloting an inmate/peer-led education program; and developing a series of investigation refresher tools and trainings for staff trained to investigate sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Funds will also be used to purchase additional video monitoring technology to supplement vulnerable physical plant spaces that are currently monitored by staff supervision, locked doors, or controlled movement. Finally, the agency will fund travel related to PREA compliance.