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Maren Arbach is a program manager with the National PREA Resource Center working with the Field Training Program team. Maren previously worked for the North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a training director, PREA compliance manager, PREA investigator, and then as agency PREA coordinator and the safety officer for the North Dakota State Penitentiary. As PREA coordinator, she oversaw the efforts in adult and juvenile facilities to maintain compliance with the PREA standards, created content for the training of staff, contractors, volunteers, and residents on the requirements under PREA legislation, and worked as a resource for the county and regional jails and community confinement facilities on issues pertaining to PREA compliance.

In addition to her employment at the ND DOCR, Maren operated a private auditing and consulting business.

Maren’s background spans many areas of the criminal justice system including direct resident care in a community confinement facility and juvenile group home, pre-sentence investigations, fingerprint identification, and training for law enforcement and court personnel. She has extensive experience in policy review and ensuring policy aligns with all applicable standards and case law.

Maren received certification as a PREA auditor for adult and juvenile facilities in November 2014. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

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