Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Sherburne County Corrections - Prison Rape Elimination Act


The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to "provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape." (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.


The act also created the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and charged it with developing draft standards for the elimination of prison rape. Those standards were published in June 2009, and were turned over to the Department of Justice for review and passage as a final rule. That final rule became effective August 20, 2012.


In 2010, the Bureau of Justice Assistance funded the National PREA Resource Center to continue to provide federally funded training and technical assistance to states and localities, as well as to serve as a single-stop resource for leading research and tools for all those in the field working to come into compliance with the federal standards.


The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance with regard to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in this facility 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 Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office will investigate any criminal allegation (28 CFR 115.11, 115.22).


If someone from the public wishes to file a report, they are encouraged to call Jail administration at 1-800-433-5245 or the CMSAL at 1-800-237-5090


PREA Annual Review


On January 3rd, 2020, Jail Commander Pat Carr, Jail Administrator Brian Frank, Assistant Jail Administrator Dave Isais and PREA Coordinator/Administrative Sergeant Chris Hansen reviewed all allegations of sexual misconduct reported during 2019 and found the incidents to have been properly handled. We reviewed the follow-up incident reviews conducted after all Unsubstantiated and Substantiated claims and discussed all committee recommendations. There was one recommendation submitted suggesting an additional camera be placed adjacent to the change out area where staff are positioned. This camera addition will be part of a camera upgrade early in 2020.


Inmate on Inmate Complaints

Staff on Inmate Complaints

As Reported in 2019
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Harassment
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations
1020
Unsubstantiated Allegation
2420
Substantiated Allegation
1200
As Reported in 2018
Sexual Abuse
Sexual Harassment
Sexual AbuseSexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations
015
Unsubstantiated Allegation
0500
Substantiated Allegation
0100

2019 PREA Audit Report

February 2019, the Sherburne County Jail was audited by the Department of Justice for compliance with PREA Standards. A site visit on February 21-22 from the auditor and final report in April, 2019 reflected full compliance with 42 standards met, and 3 standards exceeded.