By Dianne Beer-Maxwell, Guest Blogger, Program Manager, Elimination of Sexual Abuse in Confinement Initiative, IACP
Part of the mission of IACP’s Elimination of Sexual Abuse in Confinement Initiative is to help raise awareness among state and local law enforcement about DOJ’s Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards for lockups. As part of our outreach, many law enforcement leaders have asked whether there would be financial assistance to help with adjustments to policy, practice, training, staffing, and/or the physical environment.
We are pleased to share that the PREA Resource Center (PRC) has just announced a grant opportunity to help establish a culture of “zero tolerance” toward sexual abuse in confinement settings. Most law enforcement agencies with a lockup (whether it is one cell or several hundred cells) are eligible to apply, with awards of up to $100,000 for individual agencies and $300,000 for collaborative applications; smaller and medium sized agencies are strongly encouraged to apply.
The deadline for submitting a completed application for the Competitive Grant to Establish “Zero Tolerance” Cultures for Sexual Abuse in Local Adult and Juvenile Detention Facilities is January 15, 2013. Additionally, PRC staff will provide a webinar on December 4th, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST to review grant eligibility requirements; allowable uses of funds; award amounts, including collaborative applications; and the application process and deadline.
Questions about any aspect of the grant solicitation should be submitted via email to Deirdre O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org.