Cumberland County Department of Corrections
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) at the Cumberland County Department of Corrections
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into Federal law in 2003 by President George W. Bush. It was created to address the problem of sexual misconduct in all confinement facilities. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice released national PREA standards to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities.
The Cumberland County Department of Corrections is responsible for protecting the rights of inmates placed under the Department’s custody and supervision. The Department has established a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and acts to prevent, detect and respond to all allegations and incidents of sexual misconduct.
Reporting Inmate Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment
Inmates who are victims of sexual abuse/ sexual harassment, or have knowledge of sexual abuse/sexual harassment or retaliation should immediately report the incident by using any of the following reporting methods:
- Verbally or in writing to any Department of Corrections staff member, contractor or volunteer
- Using the Inmate Remedy System form
- Contacting the Jail PREA Coordinator.
- Contacting the Special Investigations Unit
Third Party Reporting of Inmate Sexual Abuse/Sexual Harassment:
Family members, friends, attorneys, clergy or any other third party may make a report of sexual abuse/sexual harassment or retaliation on an inmate’s behalf by using any of the following methods:
- Contacting the Jail Special Investigations Unit
- Contacting the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office
- Contacting your local law enforcement agency