Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
PREA: What Is It?
In September of 2003, the Prison Rape Elimination Act was signed into
law and became the first federal law to address the sexual abuse and harassment
of incarcerated individuals. The law mandates that states adopt a
"Zero Tolerance" for all forms of offender sexual abuse and
harassment and that each state make prevention of offender sexual abuse and
harassment a top priority.
Zero Tolerance Policy
incarcerated individual has the right to be free from sexual abuse and
harassment. In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act, the
Department of Justice Services has a zero tolerance policy for all forms of
offender and staff sexual abuse and harassment. The department will
investigate all allegations and actively seek prosecution when an incident is
abuse is defined as any type of unwanted sexual contact. When sexual
contact is accomplished through fear, threat or implied, it is considered
sexual abuse. Staff-on-Offender sexual misconduct will not be
tolerated. It is against state law for a staff member, contractor or
volunteer, to engage in any type of sexual behavior with an offender.
The department has taken various steps to stop sexual abuse and
harassment, including providing the offender population with multiple ways to
report sexual abuse, training our staff to recognize the signs and symptoms of
sexual abuse, and educating the offender population on how to avoid sexual
abuse and report sexual abuse.
Reporting Offender Sexual Abuse or Harassment
Department of Justice Services takes the safety of incarcerated offenders very
seriously and ensures that everyone that lives or works within our facilities
understands the signs and symptoms of sexual abuse and how to report
allegations of abuse.
Offenders incarcerated at the St. Louis County Justice Center are
encouraged to report offender sexual abuse immediately. Offenders are
provided a number of ways to report abuse that includes anonymous reports via
the PREA hotline, reporting to a trusted staff member, or writing to the St.
Louis County Department of Human Services. In addition, offenders may
report abuse through the offender grievance process.
In accordance with Department's Offender Sexual Abuse and Harassment
Policy, staff having knowledge of offender-on-offender or staff-on-offender
sexual abuse must report immediately to the shift supervisor while keeping the
Friends and Family
and family of offenders incarcerated with the St. Louis County Department of
Justice Services may report offender sexual abuse and harassment by:
Writing: PREA UNIT
of Justice Services
S. Central Ave.
Writing: Executive Secretary
Louis County Dept. of Human Services
Olive Street Road, Suite 510
Louis, MO. 63132
When reporting offender sexual abuse of harassment, you will be asked to
provide information that will assist in the investigation such as the
offender's name and offender's inmate master number, the facility where the
alleged incident occurred, time and date of the incident, as well as a brief
summary of the allegation.