PREA Program: Demonstration Projects to Establish Zero Tolerance Cultures for Sexual Assault in Correctional Facilities

 

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Program provides funding to states, units of local government, and federally-recognized Indian tribes for demonstration projects within confinement settings, including adult prisons and jails, juvenile facilities, community corrections facilities, law enforcement lockups and other temporary holding facilities, and tribal detention facilities. The goal of this program is to assist correctional facilities in implementing comprehensive prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that will reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in confinement facilities; promote a culture of “zero tolerance” toward sexual abuse; and support facilities’ efforts to achieve compliance with the PREA standards.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.735
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Office: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, Pub. L. No. 108-79, as amended, codified at 42 USC 15601, et seq.; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., Public Law 108-79, 42 U.S.C 15601.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are States which are interested in: (1) protecting inmates by undertaking efforts to more effectively prevent, investigate, and prosecute prison rape incidents and providing the appropriate victim services and treatment, and (2) safeguarding communities through various mediums such as intergovernmental collaboration, assessment, training, and technical assistance. Applicants in varying stages of developing a prison rape initiative are eligible and encouraged to apply. Applicants must coordinate their proposal with other stakeholders in their State to ensure a collaborative response to this solicitation and ensure that agencies within a single jurisdiction are not competing against one another in the grant process. The Chief Executive of the State shall submit one application which designates which State agency will manage the grant. (Note: The Chief Executive must certify that his/her State has adopted, or will consider adopting, the national prison rape standards.) States are encouraged to make sub-awards to local jurisdictions (e.g., jails, lock-ups, detention centers) for such purposes consistent with this solicitation.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Applicants are limited to units of State and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
Credentials/Documentation
The applicant must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including signed assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes: (1) program goals; (2) implementation process; (3) timetable for implementation; and (4) documentation that includes organizational experience, name of grantee agency or fiscal agent, identification of management structure, letters of support/commitment and/or memoranda of understanding, and description of previous collaboration.

Regarding the question below relating to the applicability of 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles: The cost principles are generally applicable, except with respect to for-profit entities or to organizations listed at Appendix VIII to 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Applicants must coordinate their proposal with other stakeholders in their State to ensure a collaborative response to this solicitation and ensure that agencies within a single jurisdiction are not competing against one another in the grant process. The Chief Executive of the State shall submit one application which designates which state agency will manage the grant. (Note: The Chief Executive must certify that his/her state has adopted, or will consider adopting, the national prison rape standards.) States may make sub-awards to local jurisdictions (e.g., jails, lock-ups, detention centers) for such purposes consistent with this solicitation. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit a completed Standard Form 424 and other information outlined in the Application Kit to the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Applications must be submitted on-line through the Office of Justice Programs Grant Management System at: https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/.
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and/or https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx.
Appeals
For Formula awards, please see 28 CFR Part 18. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application, but for discretionary awards, please see section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.
Renewals
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and/or https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx.
How are proposals selected?
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and/or https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx.
How may assistance be used?
The PREA Program supports comprehensive demonstration projects with program design elements that are intended to reduce sexual victimization in correctional facilities, promote a “zero tolerance” environment, and assist correctional facilities in meeting the requirements of the PREA standards. Grants may be used to support the following types of design elements as part of a comprehensive approach:
•Policy and practice review and revision
•Preventative infrastructure and technology enhancements
•Inmate/detainee/resident education
•Victim support services
•Leadership and assessment of organizational culture
•Data collection and performance measurement
•Staffing support and training
•Evaluation
•PREA audit activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Recipients are required to submit Individual Project Reports as sub-awards are made, and an annual Evaluation Report. No cash reports are required. Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports. Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports. To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. .
Records
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and/or https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Reimbursement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and Post Award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/funding/Implement/Resources/PostAwardInstructions.pdf).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Tom Talbot U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 616-6500
Website Address
http://www.bja.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0404-0-1-754.
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $12,500,000; FY 15 est $10,500,000; and FY 16 est $10,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm.
For additional guidance reference the Office of Justice Programs’ Financial Guide (http://ojp.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (http://ojp.gov/funding/Implement/Resources/PostAwardInstructions.pdf). Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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