Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct in correctional settings such as prisons, jails, lockups, juvenile facilities, and Immigration Services ⁄ ICE detention facilities. Sexual misconduct under this law includes:
- Offender–on–offender sexual assault and abuse
- Staff–on–offender sexual misconduct (sexual⁄inappropriate relationships with offenders)
- Offender–on–offender and staff–on–offender sexual harassment
The Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and offenders. DOC has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct of any kind and will impose discipline for such misconduct, up to and including dismissal for staff and serious infractions for offenders who victimize other offenders. Incidents of sexual misconduct will also be referred to law enforcement when applicable. DOC's policies regarding sexual misconduct apply to all offenders, both incarcerated and on community supervision. They also apply to employees, contractors, and volunteers.
The attached is a brochure regarding PREA, reporting, and assisting those who may be victims of sexual misconduct:
How do I Report Sexual Misconduct?
DOC investigates all allegations of offender–on–offender and staff–on–offender sexual misconduct. You can report sexual misconduct in multiple ways:
- If you have information regarding a DOC offender who has been the victim of sexual misconduct while under DOC custody or community supervision, please call: 1–800–586–9431.
Calls to this toll–free number in DOC Headquarters are recorded. Messages are checked Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by staff of the HQ PREA Unit.
You don’t have to give your name but it is critical that you provide as many details as possible. This includes:
- The name(s) and locations of persons involved
- The name(s) or description of any witnesses to the incident
- DOC number (if an offender)
- A brief description of the incident(s)
- A brief description of where the event(s) occurred
- The date(s), time and place of occurrence(s)
- Names and contact information of others who might have additional information about the incident
- Your contact phone number and address (optional)
- You can report information regarding an offender or request additional information about PREA by:
- Writing a letter to:
PO Box 41131
Olympia, WA 98504–1131
- Sending an email to:
How do DOC Offenders Report Sexual Misconduct?
Offenders serving their sentence within a DOC facility are urged to report allegations of rape, sexual contact or staff sexual misconduct to the toll–free number (0–800–586–9431 from a prison facility or 1–800–586–9431 for offenders in work release or on community supervision). Offenders can also report by submitting a kite, a grievance, telling a trusted staff member, asking a family member or friend to call the hotline or by sending a written report to the PREA unit in DOC Headquarters via legal mail.
What do I do if someone I know is being threatened or victimized?
Please review the brochure Prison Rape Elimination Act Information for Friends and Families for additional information (UNDER CONSTRUCTION – Please note that this brochure is currently being finalized and will be posted to this website as soon as it is completed.)
Each year DOC will publish an annual report regarding PREA–related incidents along with plans to improve prevention, detection, and investigation activities. Our first report is being developed and will be posted to this portion of the website as soon as it is completed.