The following resources and webinars will help advocates understand the dynamics of sexual abuse behind bars and better prepare rape crisis centers to provide advocacy services to incarcerated victims. MCASA acknowledges and appreciates use of materials from PCAR, the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
- Working with Victims who are Inmates: This slightly modified PCAR document offers practical information to advocates who will work with victim-inmates, including logistical factors to keep in mind when counseling within the correctional facility, an overview of the prison environment, and inmate behavior of which to be aware.
- Understanding Rape In Prison: This slightly modified PCAR resource provides a more substantial overview of prison culture, sexuality within correctional facilities, how sexually abusive relationships develop, an explanation of prison slang related to rape, inmates’ reactions to sexual abuse, reasons for not reporting rape, and an in-depth look at women in prison.
- Hope Behind Bars: This JDI advocate guide offers a more in-depth look at PREA, the need for advocates in correctional facilities, and barriers to overcome in assisting victims of sexual abuse in prison.
- Protecting LGBT Prisoners: This ACLU resource provides additional information for assisting LGBT inmates, including defining terms, explaining special requirements for transgendered individuals, and suggested procedures advocates may follow if a correctional facility is not compliant with PREA.
- Commonly Used Terms in Prison: Based on a Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) resource, this document provides a list of terms frequently used in Maryland correctional facilities.
- Maryland Division of Correction Inmate Handbook 2007: The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) Inmate Handbook provides an account of what happens to an individual when they are incarcerated.
- PREA- A Pennsylvania Perspective
- Building Partnerships between RCCs and Correctional Facilities
- Partnerships between Correctional Agencies and Community-Based Services Providers
For more information on PREA, different types of services, and working with specific inmate populations, please review the following webinars from Just Detention International, FORGE, and the PREA Resource Center.
Different Types of Services
Working with Specific Populations
Rural and Urban Facilities
Juvenile Detention Facilities
For additional webinars, visit Just Detention International, The PREA Resource Center, and FORGE.