DOES YOUR FACILITY DESIGN COMPLY WITH PREA?
Of the dozens of standards, which are reviewed during a PREA audit, three have a remote bearing on physical plant design: * 115.18(a) When designing or acquiring any new facility and in planning any substantial expansion or medication of existing facilities, the agency shall consider the effect of the design, acquisition, expansion, or modification upon the agency's ability to protect inmates from sexual abuse. * 115.18(b) When installing or updating a video monitoring system, electronic surveillance system or other monitoring technology, the agency shall consider how such technology may enhance the agency's ability to protect inmates form sexual abuse. * 115.42(f) Transgender and intersex inmates shall be given the opportunity to shower separately from other inmates. PREA Audit. Because the act applies to all confinement facilities, jails and other correctional facilities must be audited in order to be in full compliance with the standards (the only exception is for lock-ups that do not house arrestees overnight).\n In fact, the standards are probably more specific about developing an adequate staffing plan that most other standards.