Prison Rape Elimination Act Program
The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) program’s purpose is to eliminate prison rape in the countries prisons and jails for adults and juveniles. One of the main objectives of the program is to support the implementation of the PREA standards as required by the Prison Rape Elimination Act. These standards as they apply to all adult prisons and jails, juvenile correctional facilities, police lockups, and community residential centers. The standards, which took effect on August 20, 2012, seek to prevent sexual abuse and to reduce the harm that it causes. The standards are grouped into eleven categories: prevention planning, responsive planning, training and education, screening for risk of sexual victimization and abusiveness, reporting, official response following an inmate report, investigations, discipline, medical and mental care, data collection and review, and audits.
Currently, the New Mexico Department of Public Safety is partnered with the New Mexico Corrections Department and the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department’s Juvenile Justice Services Division in an effort to implement and bring the State of New Mexico into 100% compliance with the PREA Standards.
Eligibility varies by federal solicitation focus area. For the FY15 PREA awards, eligibility was limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). PREA Reallocation federal solicitation is made available to State Administering Agencies to support compliance with the Department of Justice’s National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape (28 CFR Part 115).
GRANT MANAGER: Sheila McDonald
Phone: (505) 827-9115