Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): A Resource Guide & Webinar link
Introductory webinar about the guide
Authors: National PREA Resource Center, Just Detention International
PREA and Inmate Education aims to help corrections officials craft a robust inmate education program that promotes safe, secure facilities, while also bringing agencies into compliance with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. This guide offers proven strategies and tools for setting up programs in each of the four types of facilities covered under the standards: adult prisons and jails, police lockups, community confinement facilities, and juvenile facilities. Case examples are also provided to illustrate how a range of facilities are successfully implementing the PREA standards related to inmate education.
This guide reviews many strategies for putting in place effective inmate education programs. Each approach highlighted has its advantages; when used together, in a complementary fashion, they can reinforce an agency's zero-tolerance message, create a culture where inmates feel safe reporting, ensure the program's sustainability, and prevent sexual abuse.preaandinmateeducation-resourceguide.pdf (44 pages)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. To learn more about the law and preparing for implementation, visit the PREA Essentials page.
In order to achieve its mission to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement facilities nationwide, the PREA Resource Center (PRC) has designed a four-pronged strategy for the development and delivery of training and technical assistance (TTA).
1. Targeted TTA- The PRC's targeted TTA strategy is intended to make resources available to the widest possible audiences nationwide.
2. Request for Assistance - In order to respond to the individual needs of agencies and facilities nationwide, the PRC has created an option for agencies to submit requests for TTA that meets their specific requirements.
3. Demonstration Sites - In 2011, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) awarded grants to 18 correctional agencies to implement their plans for creating "Zero Tolerance" cultures for sexual abuse, including comprehensive approaches to prevention, detection, and responses to incidence of sexual abuse, and in 2012 BJA will award additional grants to local jurisdictions to develop similar "Zero Tolerance" programs. In collaboration with BJA, the PRC has assigned coaches to each site to provide guidance in identifying and obtaining TTA that will be most effective in achieving their goals. In addition, the PRC coaches will be monitoring site activities in order to identify effective practices for eliminating sexual abuse that may have applicability to other agencies across the country. Information on effective practices will be posted on the PRC's website library.
4. PREA in Action - The PRC has undertaken an initiative to identify ongoing efforts to eliminate sexual abuse by facilities and agencies across the country. These efforts were documented in a series called "PREA in Action." These case studies will be presented as webinars and as publications on this website.
Taken together, these four strategies are designed to have a nationwide impact on eliminating sexual abuse in all types of confinement facilities including adult prisons and jails, lockups, as well as juvenile, community, and tribal facilities.
Note: The National PREA Resource Center (PRC) and collaborating partners produce training, curriculum and tools that seek to support agency compliance. However, the PREA standards do not require usage of any specific vendor or curriculum, including those produced by the PRC. Agencies evaluating training products should complete an independent evaluation of whether or not the training product will meet training requirements as specified by the PREA standards.
- PREA Essentials
- Prisons and Jail Standards
- Lockup Standards
- Community Confinement Standards
- Juvenile Facility Standards
- PREA in Action
- PREA Readiness
- Embracing the Standards
- Youthful Inmate Implementation
- LGBTI Youth and Adults in Confinement