Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Overview

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and sexual harassment toward any incarcerated individual or parolee. Sexual abuse and sexual harassment violate Department rules and threaten security. All reports of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and retaliation against an incarcerated individual, parolee or staff member for reporting or taking part in an investigation of possible sexual abuse or harassment will be thoroughly investigated.

DOCCS deals with any perpetrator of a sexual abuse incident, sexual harassment incident, act of staff voyeurism or retaliation through discipline and, where there is evidence that a crime was committed, through prosecution to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Employees, contractors or volunteers receiving reports of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or retaliation must immediately notify their supervisor and either the facility Watch Commander or Community Supervision Supervising Parole Officer (Bureau Chief) to ensure timely notification of the Office of Special Investigations. DOCCS employees, contractors, and volunteers are under a duty to report any allegation, knowledge, suspicion, or information regarding any sexual abuse or related misconduct.

PREA Services
What PREA Does
Learn More About PREA

PREA investigates all reports of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and retaliation in connection with sexual abuse or harassment and provides information, education, services for sexual abuse survivors.

Report Sexual Abuse

Anyone may report an incident of sexual victimization involving an incarcerated individual or a parolee to the Department's Office of Special Investigations.

Reports
View Annual & Final Audit Reports

Resources