Is PREA Part of Your Culture — or Are You Just Rolling the Dice

Is PREA Part of Your Culture -- or Are You Just Rolling the Dice
Duration: 60 Minutes
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Recorded on: 2024-05-14
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The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was created to establish sexually safe facilities with zero tolerance towards sexual abuse and sexual harassment. PREA standards were then formed to help agencies achieve the mission of keeping people in custody safe. This webinar explores the components of PREA compliance and the factors and strategies jail administrators and command staff should take into account to sustain a sexually safe facility.

This session’s instructor is Danielle Frane, the Superintendent of Jail Operations at the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office in Dedham, Massachusetts where she commands 250 staff, oversees the facility’s operations, and liaises with federal, state and local partners. She is also a Commissioner for the American Jail Association Jail Manager Certification Commission and a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee.

Specifics of this discussion include:

  • The key components of PREA compliance.
    • Written policies: How these should reflect the actual practices and the need for an annual review and to adopt best practices as provided by the PREA resource center.
    • Compliance unit staff: Ensuring adequate staffing in terms of capacity, experience and knowledge, conducting regular meetings between the compliance unit and the command staff, and ensuring they are audit-ready through planning and investing in the people.
    • Education and training: The PREA standards that must be the basis for training curriculums, the qualities that the staff providing the training must possess, and educating all staff about the PREA audit process.
    • Reporting and investigation: Ensuring reporting mechanisms are functional, and planning for a variety of investigative scenarios.
    • Monitoring and auditing: Guaranteeing self-assessments are conducted by impartial staff and maintaining audit readiness and proactive measures through regular self-assessments.
    • Corrective action: Identifying deficiencies, correcting these promptly, tracking corrective action and employing a multidisciplinary approach to streamline these, documenting to ensure accountability and compliance, and being ready for unforeseen issues.
    • Documentation and record-keeping: Leveraging electronic record-keeping particularly the Online Audit System (OAS) for streamlined and secure audit processes.
  • What is a sexually safe facility – the philosophy and the PREA standards that support it.
  • Assessing facility sexual safety through…
    • Risk assessments that must be done during intake and the 30-day review.
    • Regular operational meetings with key staff to review reports and discuss high-risk offenders.
    • Facility tours and informal conversations with offenders to ensure ongoing education and adherence to PREA.
  • Leadership and management tools that support PREA’s objective for a sexually safe facility.
    • Regular review of staffing analysis and surveillance capabilities to ensure they meet PREA standards and facility needs.
    • Fostering community collaborations, such as with rape crisis centers, to support those in custody.
  • The value in conducting frequent data analysis to…
    • Review assessments to identify patterns and trends that inform resource allocation and corrective actions.
    • Review allegations and incident reports to ensure compliance with PREA standards and to identify necessary changes in policy and practice.

Questions from the webinar attendees are about:

  • Whether PREA standards apply to juvenile facilities and probation departments.
  • Securing funding for PREA Compliance from agency leaders.
  • How experience as a PREA auditor provides valuable knowledge for implementing PREA standards in the facilities.
  • Reinforcing PREA training during high staff turnover.
  • Handling transgender strip searches according to PREA resources.
  • Addressing a non-responsive auditor.

 

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Resources and Handouts

 

Audience Comments

  • “I would love to see more PREA training options through Justice Clearinghouse! Many videos on the PREA website are older and new issues are always coming up, so I was so happy to be in this training!”
  • “Worthwhile.”
  • “This presentation was very informative to me as I was not aware of all the things that should be done to ensure a sexually safe facility.
  • “Awesome webinar with a lot of tips and tricks. Danielle…you know what you are talking about. Glad this profession has you and you are willing to share your knowledge!”
  • “The presentation was good. The question and answer section was also good.”
  • “The fact that the information was being presented by a PREA Auditor and current corrections superintendent gave serious credibility to the presentation. Her knowledge was apparent, and the slide presentation was clear and uncluttered. The real-life stories were fundamental in reaching the audience and pointing out how critical this issue is.” — Robert

 

 

 


This webinar will be considered by the American Jail Association to equal one online learning hour toward certification and recertification for the following programs: Certified Jail Officer, Certified Jail Supervisor and Certified Jail Manager.  For more information about AJA certification programs, visit  https://www.americanjail.org/certification.

 


 

 

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