Partnering with Community Sexual Assault Response Teams A Guide for Local Community Confinement and Juvenile Detention Facilities

Partnering with Community Sexual Assault Response Teams

Overview

Community-based sexual assault response teams, or SARTs, are considered a best practice for addressing the needs of victims and holding perpetrators accountable. The federal standards for implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) require correctional facilities to develop a coordinated, victim-centered response to sexual assault so that victims in confinement settings—including prisons, jails, lockups, and community confinement and juvenile facilities—get the services and care they need. This guide, also available at PREAguide.org, is designed to assist administrators of local community confinement and juvenile detention facilities with the task of developing coordinated response procedures and partnering with community SARTs. It is based on the experiences and lessons learned from the Sexual Assault Response Teams in Corrections Project, a multi-year pilot program funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, that Vera implemented in Johnson County, Kansas.

Key Takeaway

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2013 sent a strong message that sexual assault should never be part of someone’s penalty for committing a crime. Partnerships with SARTs can help facilities implement coordinated, victim-centered response policies and procedures that meet key requirements of the PREA standards.

Publication Highlights

  • Correctional facilities can benefit from partnerships with SARTs, which have expertise and practice with coordinating actions among first responders from different disciplines when sexual assault occurs in the community. 

  • The guide discusses four phases of collaboration between SARTs and confinement facilities: gathering information and planning; working with the SART; incorporating a SART approach in facility policies; and training.

  • The guide offers a practical, streamlined plan for responding to sexual assault in a coordinated, victim-centered way that maintains facility safety and can be adapted to other confinement settings. 

Key Facts

Related

Report to Tulsa County Stakeholders on Jail Reduction Strategies

Like many counties across the country, Tulsa County, Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic increase in its jail population over the past five decades, with the per capita jail incarceration rate growing nearly 200 percent between 1970 and 2016. In response to concerns about the continued growth of the jail population, its costs to taxpayers, and impa...

Publication
  • Nancy Fishman, Rebecca Silber, Kelsey Reid, Stephen Roberts, Navena Chaitoo
December 14, 2017
Publication

Aging Out

Using Compassionate Release to Address the Growth of Aging and Infirm Prison Populations

Developing effective policies and practices to respond to elderly and infirm prison populations is a critical issue for all state corrections departments, which are facing a growing number of older people in prison and the associated costs of medical care. Through the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), some states are working to expand a policy...

Publication
  • Rebecca Silber, Alison Shames, Kelsey Reid
December 11, 2017
Publication