Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $13,761)
This grant will continue to support the position which was created from the 2021 grant [hired May of 2023] and any additional money will be used for training for the PREA Unit. The Minnesota Department of Corrections (MNDOC) has continued to fail audits, four in 2021 and four in 2022 and three in 2023. Findings involved multiple statewide failures affecting all our sites. The Coordinator position was eliminated for one year in the middle of Covid. An Investigator was filling in the job duties and carrying out their regular investigative role at the same time and it was unmanageable. The MNDOC training department, human resources department and victim services units were all reduced to approximately less than 5% of their normal staffing during the pandemic, which heavily impacted functioning.