PREA: An Introduction and Overview

PREA: An Introduction and Overview 

This course is designed to provide information required by PREA for Employee Training on the topics of its zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse and sexual harassment and inmates’/detainees’ right to be free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment. You will learn about the liability issues that may arise from noncompliance with the National Standards and how sexual abuse is defined in the Prison Rape Elimination Act. You will be given the chance to apply your knowledge in a series of interactive exercises that test your understanding of the material presented. The content is intended for corrections officers and ancillary staff working in adult jails and prisons who have direct contact with inmates/detainees and is also relevant for staff working in community confinement facilities (e.g., halfway houses).


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

California Board of State and Community Corrections

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 STC credit hours.

American Jail Association Certification

1.25 HOURS

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy

1.25 HOURS

This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 1.25 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #6109

Course Details

Course Code: REL-PS-0-PREAIO
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 8/31/2023
Learning Objectives:
Explain the purpose and intent of the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape.
Identify the 4 types of facilities subject to the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the U.S. Department of Justice National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape.
Identify 3 categories of people who are required to receive training on the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape every two years.
State how sexual abuse is defined within the National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape.

Section 1: Introduction A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives Section 2: The Prison Rape Elimination Act Defined A. The Prison Rape Elimination Act B. Purpose of PREA C. The PREA National Standards D. Who Must Follow the Standards? E. Other Forms of PREA Standards F. Knowledge Check G. Section Summary Section 3: Liabilities, Policies, and Requirements A. Assess Your Knowledge B. Federal Criminal Liability C. State Criminal Liability D. Civil Liability E. Constitutional Liability F. Professional Liability G. Zero-Tolerance Policy H. PREA Training Requirements I. Let’s Review J. Section Summary Section 4: Defining Sexual Abuse A. Assess You Knowledge B. Sexual Abuse Defined C. Correctional Agencies Definitions D. Exigent Circumstances E. Abuse or Not Abuse: That Is the Question F. Section Summary Section 5: Conclusion A. Summary B. Course Contributors C. Resource D. References E. Congratulations! F. Exam G. BrainSparks

Instructor: Elizabeth Layman, B.S.
Elizabeth Layman's career includes nine years as a police officer/detective in Arlington, Virginia, including patrol, sexual assault investigations, and forensics. She was with the Florida Corrections and Florida Parole Commission for 16 years as a Parole Officer and Administrative Hearing Officer conducting hearings with thousands of inmate/detainees/detainees in prisons and jails. Additionally, she served as a special investigator for the Office of Florida Governor. Since 1998, Ms. Layman has been President of Price Layman, Inc., a criminal justice consulting firm. She has worked as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Justice, providing technical assistance and training on sexual misconduct and abuse for more than 300 jail administrators, corrections, and law enforcement agencies. Ms. Layman developed and delivers the following curricula: Training for Investigators of Staff Sexual Misconduct; The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: Impact on Law Enforcement; co-authorship of Resource Guide for New Wardens; PREA – Policy Development Guide for Sheriffs and Chiefs, Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders: Policy Development Guide for Community Corrections; Preventing and Responding to Sexual Abuse in Tribal Detention Facilities. Ms. Layman continues to work across the country to assist with implementation of PREA. Ms. Layman has a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech. Disclosure: Elizabeth Layman, B.S. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections, Juvenile Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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