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Preventing and Addressing Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities: A Policy Development Guide

NCJ Number
Carrie Abner
Date Published
October 2011
76 pages
This guide, developed by the American Probation and Parole Association, provides information for administrators on developing policies for addressing and preventing the problem of sexual abuse in tribal detention facilities.
This policy development guide was developed by American Probation and Parole Association with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to address the problem of sexual abuse in tribal detention facilities. The guide is intended for use by administrators of tribal jails, lockups, juvenile detention, and other correctional facilities to address the problem of corrections-based sexual abuse through the development of appropriate policies and procedures. The guide is presented in four sections. The first section discusses the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) and its implications for correctional facilities in Indian Country. Section 2 examines the problem of corrections-based sexual assault and the impact of sexual abuse victimization on inmate behavior. The third section examines ways in which existing policies can be revised and improved to prevent and address the problem of corrections-based sexual abuse. The final section of the guide includes guidelines for developing policy that would implement the PREA in tribal correctional facilities. The guidelines include prevention planning, responsive planning, training and education, screening for risk of sexual victimization and abusiveness, reporting on sexual abuse incidents, the official response to an inmate report, investigations of alleged instances of abuse, discipline, the availability of medical and mental care, and data collection and review regarding the facilities handling of the problem. Figures and references