Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
What is PREA?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA, P.L. 108-79) was enacted by Congress to address the problem of sexual abuse of persons in the custody of U5. correctional agencies. The Act applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders and is also relevant to community-based agencies. It addresses both inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse and staff sexual misconduct.
On June 23, 2009, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission released and forwarded to the U.S. Attorney General its final report and proposed standards to prevent, detect, respond to and monitor sexual abuse of incarcerated and detained individuals. Based on the Attorney General’s independent judgment, 3 final rule was published to the Federal Register on June 20, 2012 (NIC, 2014).
Every inmate has the right to be free from sexual abuse and the San Joaquin County John Zunino Jail Complex is committed to providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all citizens of San Joaquin County. The San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office maintains a Zero Tolerance policy for sexual harassment of inmates.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment while in custody or under supervision of the San Joaquin County John Zunino Jail Complex, please contact the agency’s PREA Coordinator at 209-468-7732 (468-PREA) to initiate a review. All reports are confidential.