Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

What Is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination 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 Tipton County Sheriff’s Office supports the prosecution of persons who commit acts of sexual misconduct within its facility. The Tipton County Jail has developed uniform guidelines and procedures to reduce the risk of in-custody sexual assault and sexual activity. The Sheriff’s Office is committed to a zero-tolerance standard for sexual misconduct and sexual assault.

You can learn more about PREA at The National Institute of Corrections or contact Captain Sheppard with questions.

PREA Reporting

If you were the victim of, or have any information about a sexual assault that has taken place in the Tipton County Jail, we urge you to report the incident by contacting the phone numbers or email address 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.