NPRECNational Prison Rape Elimination Commission
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Until then, Cindy Struckman-Johnson, a professor of psychology at the University of South Dakota, who sat on the NPREC, is still optimistic, felling City Limits, "We remain hopeful that the AG will be responsive to the concerns that we are raising." How Strict a Standard?
Formulated with these findings and considerations in mind, initial drafts of the NPREC standards were modified in accordance with "extensive feedback" solicited by the Commission from a cross-section of correctional officers and officials at eleven facilities across the nation.
Also in the public comment period, concerns expressed by various stakeholders led to a number of changes in the standards initially identified by the NPREC. For example, initial drafts of the NPREC standards required "continuous direct sight and sound supervision of inmates necessary to prevent sexual abuse." (145) As Shay observed: "Corrections officials objected to this rule as overly burdensome, and prisoners' rights advocates commented that the supervision need not literally be continuous.
For example, concerns expressed by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) advocates during the periods of public commentary on proposed NPREC standards shaped the final set of standards published in the Commission's report.
(150) As is the case with the entire report, the set of recommended standards reflects a plethora of interests such that, at the end of the day, it is impossible to argue that only one stakeholder dominated the race to influence the NPREC recommendations.
It would be best to utilize the NPREC standards to identify areas that need to be addressed in the conduct self-assessments (internal audits/measurements of facility compliance with the proposed standards).