PREA Compliance

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA, PL 108-79) was passed in 2003 for the purpose of eliminating sexual abuse in confinement.  ESI consultants are federally certified Department of Justice (DOJ) PREA auditors.  ESI has rich experience with both adult and juvenile correctional facilities, including work with the state of Oregon, which served as the national pilot site for the juvenile PREA standard tools. ESI consultants have conducted dozens of PREA audits for several state agencies and contracted community residential programs.

ESI professionals have extensive experience and are skilled at conducting interviews in a non-threatening manner, allowing them to gather important audit information and minimizing stress for participants. Upon completing a PREA audit, you can expect ESI consultants to deliver a comprehensive yet easy to understand audit report summarizing facility strengths and highlighting areas of non-compliance. Following the issuance of the interim report, ESI consultants work closely with program leaders to develop a formal corrective action plan to address areas identified as non-compliant.

ESI can provide a range of post-audit services to drive progress towards standard compliance. Support can range from monthly follow-up consulting calls to more intensive, on-site technical assistance and coaching, depending on your agency needs.

Girl with hand extended signaling to stopTypical PREA Services Include:

  • Policy and procedures review
  • On-site PREA audit by a federally-certified professional
  • Comprehensive audit report
  • Post-audit, 6-month auditor support and guidance to agency leadership and staff