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New Toolkits Help Jails and Juvenile Agencies Manage Their PREA Implementation
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By Connie Clem, Principal, Clem Information Strategies, Longmont, Colorado, and Caleb Asbridge, Senior Associate, The Moss Group, Washington, D.C.

Leaders in jails and juvenile justice agencies are welcoming new resources from the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) that help agencies respond to the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). NIC has released two new, interactive PREA Toolkits that agencies can use to conduct a self-assessment, map their PREA audit readiness, prioritize their compliance planning, identify their resource needs, and document their work to date. One Toolkit is designed for juvenile facilities and the other for jails.

Because facility compliance audits will begin in the second half of 2013, the availability of the PREA Toolkits is very timely. Each Toolkit provides an on-screen, interactive system for planning an agency’s response to the requirements of the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape (the “PREA Standards”). The interactive Toolkits build on earlier print documents developed by the Center for Innovative Public Policies with funding from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

The article below describes how agencies can use the PREA Toolkits to assess their readiness for a PREA audit and to plan and prioritize the specific action steps and resources that are needed.

Posted Wed, Jul 3 2013 7:37 AM by Susan Powell


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