Monday, January 01, 2007

Grant Studying Rape Prevention In Correctional Facilities


NIJ seeks proposals to conduct outcome evaluations of programs or technologies aimed at preventing sexual violence in correctional confinement facilities. Applicants are encouraged to consider evaluations in male and female prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities. Evaluation proposals must use an experimental design with randomized controls or a strong quasi-experimental design with appropriately selected comparison groups.

Applicants may consider the following types of programs for evaluation: inmate education programs; staff education and training; investigation and prosecution strategies; programs to support changes in organization and officer culture in response to PREA; analysis of incident reporting procedures; and contrasts in program outcomes, including differences between programs run at state and privately operated correctional facilities.

Applicants may also consider evaluating technologies related to preventing prison rape such as: surveillance cameras, transparent cell doors, inmate movement tracking equipment (i.e., radio frequency identification devices), or other tools designed to improve correctional officer monitoring of inmate activities. NIJ requires that the program to be evaluated must have been in place for at least one year at the start of the evaluation.

I'm glad there are grants available to study what works to reduce the number of sexual assaults of prisoners. My only concern is whether an incorrect assumption will be made in these studies where they only look at prisoner on prisoner sexual assaults.

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posted by Marcella Chester @ 12:02 AM   1 comments links to this post


At January 02, 2007 6:27 PM, Blogger Holly Desimone said...

Hi Marcella,
You raise very interesting point and question about this study.
It would be important for prior sex offenders to understand the impact of sex crimes involving all aspects of society, including the victims/survivors of the crime. Take care Holly


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