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An Inside Line: Confidential Support for Incarcerated Survivors

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $300,000)

In 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed with the objective of eliminating prison rape. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice released the Prison Rape Elimination Act final rule. One of the requirements under the PREA Rule is that correctional agencies must attempt to make available to incarcerated survivors an advocate from a rape crisis center. The OVC FY 2016 Building and Enhancing Partnerships to Support Incarcerated Survivors of Sexual Abuse Programs will support the development and enhancement of partnerships between correctional agencies and community-based victim service providers with the goal of increasing access to outside support services for incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse.

With this award, JDI will establish and provide direct crisis intervention services to critically underserved sexual abuse survivors inside all of ldaho's state prisons by establishing a statewide hotline for incarcerated survivors. This will be the first ever statewide sexual abuse hotline that is exclusively dedicated to serving incarcerated survivors and which is created also to serve as a model for other jurisdictions. JDI will provide confidential hotline services to incarcerated survivors, while working in partnership with the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Assault to build the capacity of local providers to deliver ground services, such as hospital accompaniment and follow-up advocacy to prisoners. JDI has secured commitments from the Idaho Coalition and the Idaho Department of Corrections to work together on the implementation of this project. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 26, 2016