Development of Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Related Products for Indian Country
Contracting Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance

Recent incidents of sexual violence within America’s corrections systems have brought corrections-based sexual abuse to the foreground among public policymakers, researchers, and corrections professionals, resulting in growing attention to and activities surrounding the issue, including the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). PREA, the first-ever federal legislation addressing corrections-based sexual abuse, supports the elimination, reduction, and prevention of sexual assault, including abuse by correctional staff and by inmates, in federal state, and local prisons; jails; lock-ups; private facilities; and community residential facilities. Passed unanimously by Congress, PREA established a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse in America’s correctional settings. Once fully implemented, PREA will:

  • Establish national standards for the detection, reduction, prevention, and punishment of prison rape;
  • Provide for data collection and information dissemination on the incidence of prison rape; and
  • Provide training, technical assistance, and grant funding to help states and localities reduce and prevent the incidence of sexual violence.

In an effort to assist tribal detention professionals in improving prevention and response to corrections-based sexual abuse, the American Probation and Parole Association was awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, to develop a range of training and technical assistance resources, including:

  • a technical assistance bulletin providing an overview of the implications of PREA for tribal detention facilities;
  • a training curriculum package (consisting of a Trainer’s Manual, Participant Manual, and PowerPoint presentation slides) designed to educate front-line staff within tribal detention facilities about strategies for the prevention and response to sexual abuse incidents;
  • a policy development guide to help tribal detention administrators in establishing and implementing effective policies; and
  • a brochure to educate tribal leaders on the importance of measures to enhance the prevention and response to sexual abuse within tribal detention facilities.

These training and technical assistance resources were developed through direct consultation with tribal detention staff across the country via site visits to tribal detention facilities and an expert working group of tribal corrections professionals and sexual assault victim advocates.

Available Products

Project Contact
Tracy Mullins
Deputy Director
American Probation and Parole Association
PO Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578–1910
Phone: (859) 244-8215
Fax: (859) 244-8001

Prior Project Manager
Carrie Abner
Research Associate
American Probation and Parole Association