Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe under PREA

Alternative Strategies to the Use of Segregation in Prisons and Jails

Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe under PREA

Hastings, Allison, Angela Browne, Kaitlin Kall, and Margaret diZerega. Keeping Vulnerable Populations Safe under PREA: Alternative Strategies to the Use of Segregation in Prisons and Jails. New York, NY: Vera Institute of Justice, 2015.

Incarcerated people at risk for sexual victimization need to be housed safely without losing access to programming, mental and medical health services, and group activities. The National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape emphasize that isolation be used to protect at-risk populations only when no other alternatives are available and all other options have been explored.

To help agencies achieve compliance with these standards, Vera’s Center on Sentencing and Corrections, in conjunction with the National PREA Resource Center, has developed guidelines to provide prison and jail administrators and staff with promising strategies for safely housing inmates at risk of sexual abuse without isolating them. This guide includes approaches for managing the housing of populations at particularly high risk for sexual abuse in confinement: women; youthful inmates in adult facilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) individuals; and people who are gender nonconforming.

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Keywords: PREA, programming, protective custody, alternatives, sexual abuse, women, youth, LGBTI, Vera, history, harmful effects, screening, assessment, classification, conditions of confinement, costs, Mission-Specific Housing