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Prison Rape Elimination Act Of 2003


The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and rape in correctional systems. PREA applies to all federal, state, and local prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, and community settings such as residential facilities.

The major provisions of PREA are to:

Develop standards for detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape

Collect and disseminate information on the incidence of prison rape

Award grants and technical assistance to help state governments implement the Act

- National Sheriffs' Association, 2012

How Does PREA Apply to Jails?

PREA seeks to insure that jails and other correctional settings protect inmates from sexual assault, sexual harassment, "consensual sex" with employees, and inmate-inmate sexual assault. These violations affect security and staff safety, and pose long-term risks to inmates and staff inside jails, and to the public when victimized inmates are released into the community.

PREA requires jails to keep data regarding inmate-inmate sexual assaults, nonconsensual sexual acts, and staff sexual misconduct.

- National Sheriffs' Association, 2012

Sheriff's Department Zero-tolerance for Sexual Abuse

Sexual assault is NOT TOLERATED at any custody facility operated by the Sheriff. It is the policy of the Sheriff's Department that sexual abuse by an employee, vendor, contracted agency, volunteer, inmate or other non-Department member with a business association with the Department, is prohibited. No individual, no matter his or her title or position has the authority to commit or allow sexual abuse.

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If you were the victim of a sexual assault while in the custody of the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, any law enforcement agency, or if you know of an incident of sexual assault or abuse of a person in custody; you may report it to the Sheriff's Department by using the following:


Email to:

If requested, your anonymity will be protected. Please include the following in your email:

- Incident.

- Who was the victim.

- Who was the suspect.

- Time and date of sexual abuse.

OR, please contact your nearest Sheriff's Station and make a report.

To find a Sheriff's Station:


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