National Prison Rape Statistics Program

To collect and analyze data on the incidence of sexual assault among individuals held in Federal and State prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities as well as former inmates.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

National Prisoner Survey of Sexual Assault; National Survey of Sexual Assault Reported by Former Prisoners; National Prison Rape Surveillance Project; National Survey of Youths in Custody.

Grants for this Program


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.



Program Accomplishments

In FY 2008, BJS continues to work to fully implement the data collection and reporting requirements under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. Between April and August 2007, BJS completed the first National Inmate Survey (NIS), using Audio Computer-Assisted Self Interview methods, of 146 State and Federal prisons. A total of 23,398 inmates participated in the survey. Survey procedures and questionnaires for the National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC)have been tested and results were presented to juvenile administrators and other stakeholders on August 28, 2007. National implementation is expected in June 2008. When fully implemented, the NSYC will include about 15,000 adjudicated youth in a sample of 208 State operated facilities and 48 large non-State facilities. In early 2008 national implementation began of the Former Prisoner Survey (FPS). The survey will include about 16,500 former inmates in a sample of 285 parole offices. BJS has also begun work on the National Prison Rape Surveillance Project, which is a study using medical indicators and medical surveillance methodologies to measure the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault in correctional facilities. Latest data can be found in the BJS reports, Sexual Victimization in State and Federal Prisons as Reported by Inmates, 2007 (NCJ 219414) and Sexual Violence Reported by Correctional Authorities, 2006 (NCJ 218914).

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are to be used for a variety of activities in support of the Implementation of the National Prison Rape Statistics program including: to conduct data collection and processing activities, and carry out statistical and methodological research.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Bureau of Justice Statistics is authorized to award grants and cooperative agreements to State and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Eligible beneficiaries are State and local governments, private nonprofit organizations, public nonprofit organizations, profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and qualified individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

The applicant must furnish, along with the application for an award, details of the program budget composition, goals, impact, methods, evaluation plan, and resources of the project. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A potential grantee should contact the Headquarters Office, Lisa Price-Grear, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531.

Telephone: (202) 616-3561 or E-mail: lisa.price-grear@usdoj.gov.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) now requires that funding applications be submitted electronically through the OJP Grants Management System (GMS), which will be accessed at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fundopps.htm.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

Contact the Headquarters Office, Lisa Price-Grear, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 616-3561. E-mail: lisa.price-grear@usdoj.gov.

Authorization

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 3732, and Prison Rape Elimination Act, Public Law 108-79.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 2 to 3 months.

Appeals

Hearing by Director.

Renewals

Most awards are for periods of 12 - 18 months. Under some circumstances, a subsequent award may be made to continue the project.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Project duration period is generally 12-18 months. Assistance is released by "direct disbursement" at request of grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reporting requirements include: Financial Status Reports containing the actual expenditures for the reporting period and cumulative for the award to be submitted quarterly online through GMS; and Progress Reports presenting information relevant to the performance of the project to be submitted online through GMS for the reporting periods June 30 and December 31.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year.

Records

In accordance with the requirements set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award shall be retained by each organization for a least three years following the closure of the most recent audit report.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0404-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $14,808,420; FY 08 $2,488,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,000,000 to $3,500,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Office of Justice Programs Financial Guide.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Ms. Lisa Price-Grear, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 616-3561. E-mail: lisa.price-grear@usdoj.gov. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria will be outlined in the program announcements or solicitations.



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