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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

What is PREA?

The Prison Rape Eliminiation Act (PREA) establishes a zero-tolerance standard against sexual assaults and rapes of incarcerated persons. The bill was signed into Public Law 108-79 in September 2003 by President George W. Bush.

PREA sets a standard that protects the Eighth Amendment rights of Federal, State and local prisoners making the prevention of sexual assault a top priority. It also increases the available data on sexual misconduct for administrators who fail to prevent, reduce and punish sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

The Howard County Sheriff's Department supports the prosecution of person who commit acts of sexual misconduct within its facility. The Howard County Criminal Justice Center has developed uniform guidelines and procedures to reduce the risk of in-custody sexual assault and sexual activity. The Sheriff's Department is committed to a zero-tolerance standard for sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

You can learn more about PREA at NICIC.ORG or contact Sgt. Justin Christmas for questions.

PREA Reporting

If you were the victim of, or have any information about a sexual assault that has taken place in the Howard County Criminal Justice Center, we urge you to report the incident by using the email form below. Your anonymity will be protected. Failure to report or come forward with information could result in further victimization.

All reported incidents will be investigated. You will be contacted but you may still remain anonymous.

Contact Information

PREA Coordinator: Sgt. Justin Christmas
Phone: 765.456.2026 ext. 280

PREA Manager: Sgt. Kim Ogle
Phone: 765.456.226 ext. 283

On-Duty Supervisor
765.456.2026 ext. 295







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