Impact Justice chosen to manage important work ensuring sexual safety in confinement

Oakland, CA – Impact Justice announced today it has been awarded, by the U.S. Department of Justice, the grant to lead the National Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center (PRC) starting in June, 2016.

Established through a cooperative agreement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the PRC serves as the national resource for direct and online support, training, technical assistance, and audit support to assist adult and juvenile corrections, detention, tribal detention, community confinement facilities, and law enforcement professionals in their ongoing work to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement.

“Impact Justice is honored to continue the critical work to prevent and respond to sexual abuse in confinement,” said Alex Busansky, President of Impact Justice. “We look forward to working with the leading practitioners and experts in the field—people who have dedicated years to addressing sexual safety in confinement—to ensure that the PRC continues to provide the most up-to-date training and technical assistance and audit support to combat sexual abuse in confinement.”

The PRC will continue to be assisted in its work by its partners, including Abt Associates, Just Detention International, The Moss Group, The Project on Addressing Prison Rape, and the Vera Institute of Justice. In addition, the PRC will continue to work closely with and seek guidance from leaders in the corrections and law enforcement fields through their professional associations.

“NCCD has been proud to partner with the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance to administer the PREA Resource Center for 5 years,” said Kathy Park, Chief Executive Officer of NCCD. “We support the ongoing work of the PRC, and look forward to continuing our efforts toward safer conditions for those who are incarcerated and for those who work in correctional facilities in this country.”

The National Council and Crime and Delinquency will continue PRC operations through September 2016 and Impact Justice will work in partnership with NCCD on the transition beginning in June 2016.