PREA for Local Law Enforcement


The Colorado Jails PREA Demonstration Project, funded through a grant from the federal  Bureau of Justice Assistance (2012-RP-BX-0001), aimed to develop model programs for addressing sexual abuse in small, rural jails, and to share those programs with jail leaders statewide. The project partners included the Pitkin County Jail in Aspen, the Lincoln County Jail in Hugo, and Just Detention International, a health and human rights organization that seeks to end sexual abuse in all forms of detention. Following this BJA-funded project, a state-funded Justice Assistance Grant was awarded to the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) to develop and pilot PREA training specifically for small jails.

The project’s primary goals were to develop policies, staff training, inmate education, and coordinated response protocols that comply with the Department of Justice’s national Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards with a focus on being responsive to the particular needs and challenges of small jails.

The project partners have created the following materials to assist other jurisdictions in addressing sexual abuse in their facilities:

The following training will be piloted with Colorado jail staff in May 2015.  The training documents below will be updated based on feedback from participants.