IDOC Response to PREA Mandatory training PREA Hotline System to identify at-risk, predatory inmates Assault Response Teams Physical plant changes Aggressive investigation & prosecution
PREA Training, Idaho Roots A national film crew spent a week in Idaho in 2004 taping a PREA training video. Still used today, it encourages inmates to report sexual assaults.
The Promise: 2003 The Reality: 2012 “The Attorney General shall not establish a national standard under this section that would impose substantial additional costs compared to the costs presently expended by Federal, State, and local prison authorities.” $6.9 billion* *Federal Register: Estimated federal cost of enforcing PREA.
National Standards Governor’s Executive Order, January 2014 Established task force to develop Idaho PREA standards
PREA Standards Sampling StandardKey AreaStatus 115.13Supervision & Monitoring IPREA removes requirement Unattainable for some facilities 115.14Youthful inmatesIPREA removes requirement 115.401-405Audit processesIPREA: Establishes auditing processes based on IPREA standards
PREA Standards Sampling StandardKey AreaStatus 115.11PREA Coordinator must be upper-level IPREA removes this specific element, but retains rest of 115.11 115.15Cross-gender viewing/ audible announcement requirement IPREA: Facility determines best practice 115.17Enhanced background check required for all contractors IPREA: Modified to contractors with unsupervised contact with offenders 115.73Criminal case; keep offender apprised in criminal cases involving a staff member IPREA: Removes duplicated facility obligation; prosecutorial, victim coordinator responsibility
Idaho PREA Standards Response “We don’t gain safety by checking boxes on audits.” “Idaho supports the spirit and intention of PREA and the National PREA Standards, but a law with good intent has evolved into a law with too much red tape.” -Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
PREA Estimated Costs PREA CostsTotal Budget Adult $1,000,000$205,630,000 Juvenile$2,760,859 $48,136,300 Idaho Counties$3,053,250 TOTAL$6,814,109
Turnover Impacts Security New Correctional Officers graduate, June 2014
Idaho PREA Standards Response “We don’t gain safety by checking boxes on audits.” “Idaho will continue its commitment to a zero- tolerance standard and ensure that the detection and prevention of, response to, and punishment for prison rape remains a top priority within its prisons, jails and juvenile correctional and detention facilities.” -Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter Letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder
Mission To promote a safer Idaho by reducing recidivism. Vision Dedicated and committed staff will transform lives one person, one family, one community at a time. Goals