Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $62,062)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) provides that a state or territory whose governor does not certify full compliance with the standards is subject to the loss of five percent of any DOJ grant funds that it would otherwise receive for prison purposes, unless the governor submits an assurance that such five percent will be used only for the purpose of enabling the state to achieve and certify full compliance with the standards in future years. See 34 U.S.C. 30307(e). The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is one of the DOJ grant programs subject to this requirement in fiscal year (FY) 2020.
The goals of the FY 2020 PREA Reallocation JAG Program are to continue implementation of the national standards to prevent, detect, and respond to prison rape in order to protect individuals from sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement. States funded under this program are eligible to receive support and assistance from a BJA funded technical assistance provider.
The recipient will use funds to continue to work on coming into compliance with PREA Standards in order to better protect individuals from sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities. The SC Department of Corrections will enter into a contractual agreement with Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands to provide victims advocacy services, counseling sessions, staff training, and victims assistance for inmates who are victims of sexual abuse across five SCDC institutions and the SC Department of Juvenile Justice.