Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Scott County Sheriff’s Office supports the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Reporting of any sexual assaults made or attempted by any inmate, volunteer, vendor or staff member in the Scott County Sheriff’s Office in the Scott County Jail may be reported any time by contacting the Sheriff’s Office at 563-326-8223 or the outside resource listed below.

Family Resources/Safe Path Survivor Resources
24 Hour Crisis Lines:

  • Iowa: 563-326-9191
  • Illinois: 309-797-1777
  • Toll-free: 866-921-3354
  • Collect Calls are accepted

All services are free and confidential.

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What is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law on Sept. 4, 2003. The final regulatory standards to implement PREA went into effect on August 20, 2012.

What is the purpose of PREA?

PREA is intended to address the detection, prevention, reduction and prosecution of sexual harassment and sexual assault in all correctional facilities in the country.

To what facilities does PREA apply?

PREA applies to all confinement facilities in the state. This includes all prisons, jails, police lock-ups, juvenile facilities, immigration detention centers, court holding facilities, and community corrections facilities (home monitoring, probation, parole, half-way houses).

What constitutes staff sexual misconduct with offenders?

Staff sexual misconduct with offenders is generally defined as any behavior or act of a sexual nature by: a Sheriff’s office employee (sworn or civilian, managers, administrators, supervisors, officers, supervisors of offenders on work release), a contractor, a food service employee, a maintenance worker, a volunteer, a medical or mental health staff member (clinical staff and counselors), vendors, or teachers.

What should someone do if they suspect a sexual assault has occurred in a correctional facility?

Anyone who suspects or has knowledge of any sexual harassment, sexual assault or sexual misconduct in any juvenile or adult detention or correctional facility should report it to a staff member, volunteer, supervisor, administrator or human resources official Inmates may file grievances, tell their case manager or unit manager, or talk with a correctional officer or any staff member with whom they feel comfortable and trust. Anyone who receives a report of sexual abuse in any confinement setting must send it up the chain of command for investigation and disposition.

Reporting of Sexual Assault

Every report that is made is taken seriously and will be investigated fully. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office has a ZERO tolerance policy for any sexual assaults made or attempted by any inmate or staff member in the Scott County Sheriff’s Office. Reports can be made anonymously by friends or family members to (563)-326-8223.  Please leave as much detail as possible on this recording.