The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) is the first United States Federal law dealing with sexual assault in confinement facilities and was signed into law on September 4, 2003. The purpose of this law is to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities.
PREA defines "prison" quite broadly. Within the context of PREA, prison is defined as "any federal, state, or local confinement facility, including local jails, police lockups, juvenile facilities, and state and federal prisons."
The Riverside County Probation Department is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment of youth within their facilities. There is zero tolerance for anyone engaged in any form of sexual abuse or sexual harassment of youth. Sexual abuse and sexual harassment of youth is prohibited by U.S. Federal and California State laws.
The Riverside County Probation Department requires all probation staff, contract staff, volunteers, and visitors to document and report any suspected or observed sexual abuse or sexual harassment to the facility’s duty officer, supervisor, or the department PREA Coordinator. The department will refer all allegations of sexual abuse to local law enforcement to investigate. Any allegation of sexual harassment involving youth-on-youth will be investigated by the facility in which the incident occurred. Allegations of sexual harassment involving staff will be referred to the department’s Human Resources Division/Professional Standards Unit to conduct an administrative investigation. For more information, view A Guide to the Prevention and Reporting of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment with Probation Clients