Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $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 continue building a comprehensive plan for implementing the priorities identified by the auditor. In order to ensure that policies and practices are applied uniformly across all facilities, the recipient plans to hire an additional full-time PREA Compliance Officer. Finally, the funds will be used to institute a sustainability plan that ensures the continuation of compliance with PREA beyond the life of this grant program.