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    PREA in Action: The PREA Audit Experience—Lessons Learned from the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center

    The National PREA Resource Center (PRC), operated by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance will be offering the following upcoming webinar for representatives from state departments of corrections, jails, juvenile agencies, communit y correctio ns agencies, and lockups. PREA Coordinators and PREA Compliance Managers are encouraged to attend. Check the the PRC website for the most up-to-date information. All are free to...
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    Press Release: Idaho Juvenile Detention Center Becomes First PREA Compliant Facility in the U.S.

    The Canyon County Board of Commissioners has announced that the Southwest Idaho Juvenile Detention Center (SWIDJDC ) in Caldwell has become the first facility in full compliance with the PREA standards. It is the first incarceration facility of any kind in the United States to be certified as being compliant with the standards of the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). More from the February 14, 2014 press release : "For juvenile facilities, there are approximately 182 standards that...
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    PREA Toolkits: Enhanced Edition Now Available

    “ Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act: A Toolkit for Jails ” and “ Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act: A Toolkit for Juvenile Agencies and Facilities ” are now available in an enhanced and more interactive version. The heart of these resources, the self-evaluation checklists, are now “form fillable” in adobe reader. Each checklist includes an “action plan” button which goes to a fillable action plan worksheet for each item in the...
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    PREA Data Collection Activities, 2012

    From the Bureau of Justice Statistics , this Data Collection Profile highlights results from five surveys on the topic of sexual victimization, assault, and violence. The featured survey is the National Former Prisoner Survey (NFPS) released in May 2012. It provides the “first-ever national estimates of the prevalence of sexual victimization based on reports of former state prison inmates”. Also contained in the Profile are the latest data from the National Survey of Youth in Custody...
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    PREA 101 Webinar Series

    The PREA 101 Webinar Series focuses on the U.S Department of Justice’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape, released on May 17, 2012. Each webinar will provide a presentation on standards readiness and blueprints for moving forward in the various correctional settings including adult prisons, jails and lock-ups, community corrections and juvenile agencies. The goal of the series is to: (1) assist agencies in triaging their response to the standards; (2) share information...
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    National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Update

    Greetings from the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. The Commission is concluding the process of preparing standards and a final report on the elimination of sexual abuse in correctional and detention facilities, as statutorily required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The Commission’s final report and standards will be provided to Congress, the President, the Attorney General, and selected Federal and State officials on June 23, 2009; the same day, the report and standards will be...
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    Safety of Women in Prisons and Jails

    A recently posted report, funded by the National Institute of Justice, extensively examines violence and safety in correctional facilities for women. Gendered Violence and Safety: A Contextual Approach to Improving Security in Women's Facilities reports on survey findings, as well as focus groups with both female inmates and staff, to examine "the context and correlates of both violence and safety in correctional facilities for women. The data support our original hypothesis that sexual...
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