Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $22,885)
Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties. Congress intended that PREA would provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State and local institutions and to provide information, resources recommendations, and funding to protect individuals from prison rape. PREA funding will be used to support PREA efforts in state-run juvenile correctional facilities. Funds will be used to offset the costs of auditing facilities as required under PREA standard 115.401.
The Maryland Governors Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim services will utilize FY2020 PREA funding to increase resident safety by limiting cross gender viewing by opposite gender staff (PREA standard 115.315), continuously provide staff training and education material related to first responder duties (PREA standards 115.331, 115.364, 115.365) and specialized material on the topic of sexual trauma for agency medical and mental health professionals (PREA standards 115.335), and provide families and public partners with pertinent and valuable information to make third party reports of sexual abuse and harassment (PREA standard 115.354.)