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Implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act

In 2012 the federal government issued final Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards that apply to local jails and juvenile detention facilities. The standards require facilities to implement policies to prevent, detect and respond to sexual misconduct. In 2013, NMAC together with Bernalillo, Chaves, San Juan, and Taos counties was awarded a $300,000 grant to support implementation of the federal standards in New Mexico juvenile detention facilities. Work performed under the grant produced an 8 hour staff training course and a 30 minute youth orientation video as well as updated sample policies. Funding also paid for participating counties’ PREA coordinators and county travel for training and meetings. In August 2014, the full toolkit was rolled out in a two day training in Albuquerque.

PREA Youth Education Video

PREA Facility Toolkit  (73 Mb download)

PREA Facility Toolkit

Section 1 – PREA Standards and Law

Section 2 – Sample Policies

Section 3 – Youth Education

Section 4 – Staff Training

Section 5 – Specialized Training

Section 6 – Audit Tool

(The above zip file contains MS Word documents.  To view them you will need Microsoft Word 2010 or greater.  Other formats are available.  Send your request to:

To learn more about PREA please visit the PREA Resource Center (PRC) website.



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