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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)


The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct in correctional settings such as prisons, jails, lockups, juvenile facilities, and Immigration Services/ICE detention facilities . Sexual misconduct under this law includes:

  • Inmate-on-inmate sexual assault and abuse
  • Staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct (sexual/inappropriate relationships with inmates)
  • Inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate sexual harassment

The Department of Correction's (DOC) policies regarding sexual misconduct apply to all inmates, both incarcerated in a prison or work release facility and on community supervision. They also apply to employees, contractors, and volunteers.

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

The Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to providing a safe, healthy environment for staff and inmates. Every report is taken seriously and all allegations will be thoroughly, promptly, and objectively investigated.

DOC Policy 490.800 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Prevention & ReportingAdobe PDF File specifies that inmates, visitors, inmate family members/associates, and other community members can report:

  1. Allegations of sexual misconduct,
  2. Retaliation of inmates or staff for reporting sexual misconduct, and/or
  3. Staff actions or neglect that may have contributed to an incident of sexual misconduct.