The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was enacted by Congress in 2003 to address the prevention, detection, and response to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in jails and prisons. The standards were given to the Department of Justice for review and were finalized on August 20, 2012.
In 2008, the Scott County Jail began training all staff members in PREA standards, and has made it a mandatory training component for all newly hired staff. In addition to staff training, all volunteers and professional visitors are provided training on how to detect and report incidents of sexual abuse.
The Scott County Jail had its first PREA audit conducted in February, 2016. The jail is continuing to work on full compliance of all PREA standards, including a new jail management system that incorporates the requirements of PREA. For 2017, the jail will continue to maintain full compliance with PREA standards through collaboration with advocacy groups and monitoring Department of Justice information concerning PREA.
The Scott County Jail has a zero tolerance policy with regard to sexual abuse and sexual harassment, and will take appropriate affirmative measures to protect all inmates from sexual abuse and harassment and to promptly and thoroughly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Scott County Sheriff’s Office will investigate any criminal complaint.
If someone from the public wishes to file a report, they are encouraged to call Jail administration at 952-496-8314 or the Sexual Violence Center at 612-871-5111.
Captain Douglas E. Schnurr, Jail Administrator