Prison Rape Elimination Act Information:

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. The final standards became effective June 20, 2012, when they were published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Federal Register.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act mandates that the following actions are reported and investigated:

  • Sexual abuse of an inmate by another inmate, if the victim does not consent, is coerced into such act by overt or implied threats of violence, or is unable to consent or refuse:
  • Sexual abuse of an inmate by a staff member, contractor or volunteer with or without consent of the inmate.
  • Any display by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer of his or her uncovered genitalia, buttocks, or breast in the presence of an inmate.
  • Voyeurism by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer. Voyeurism by a staff member, contractor, or volunteer means an invasion of privacy of an inmate by staff for reasons unrelated to official duties.
  • Sexual Harassment of an inmate by another inmate or a staff member, contractor or volunteer.

All investigations must come to one of the following conclusions:

  • Substantiated allegation means an allegation that was investigated and determined to have occurred.
  • Unfounded allegation means an allegation that was investigated and determined not to have occurred.
  • Unsubstantiated allegation means an allegation that was investigated and the investigation produced insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the event occurred.

The following information is being provided as part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

In 2014, there were 7 reported allegations of sexual harassment or sexual abuse of inmates.

  • 2 reported cases of Inmate on Inmate Sexual Abuse which were both found to be UNSUBSTANTIATED.
  • 4 reported cases of Inmate on Inmate Sexual Harassment – two were found to be UNSUBSTANTIATED and two were found to be UNFOUNDED.
  • 1 reported case of Staff on Inmate Sexual Harassment and Simple Assault which was found to be UNFOUNDED.

In 2015, there were 8 reported allegations of sexual harassment or sexual abuse of inmates.

  • 2 reported cases of Inmate on Inmate Sexual Abuse – one UNSUBSTANTIATED and one that is PENDING.
  • 4 reported cases of Inmate on Inmate Sexual Harassment – all were UNSUBSTANTIATED.
  • 1 reported case of Staff on Inmate Sexual Harassment – which was found to be UNSUBSTANTIATED.
  • 1 reported case of Staff on Inmate Sexual Abuse – which was found to be UNSUBSTANTIATED.

Additionally, we had 5 cases of inmates reporting abuse that occurred while they were with other agencies; all cases were reported to the proper investigatory bodies.