Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed by Congress on September 4, 2003. It supports the prevention, reduction and elimination of sexual violence in all US penal facilities
There are 9 Purposes established under the Act
Establish a zero-tolerance standard for the incidence of prison rape in prisons in the US
Make the prevention of prison rape a top priority in each prison system
Develop and implement national standards for the detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of prison rape
Increase the available data and information on the incidence of prison rape, consequently improving the management and administration of correctional facilities
Standardize the definitions used for collecting data on the incidence of prison rape
Increase the accountability of prison officials who fail to detect, prevent, reduce and punish prison rape
Protect the Eighth Amendment rights of Federal, State and local prisoners
Increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Federal expenditures through grant programs
Reduce the costs that prison rape imposes on interstate commerce
WDOC inmates who are victims of, or witnesses to, inappropriate sexual misconduct, assaults, sexual assaults, sexual harassment, or criminal activity are provided access to a confidential telephone hotline system to report against inmates or staff. Information on how to access the inmate hotline is posted throughout all WDOC facilities.
Persons outside WDOC facilities may also file a report by calling 1-877-966-4276.
Third Party Reporting
You may report on behalf of an inmate for PREA related incidents on this number.
How does the investigations process work?
The Wyoming Department of Corrections (DOC) has zero tolerance towards any form of sexual abuse or harassment in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). All allegations naming as victims any inmate under the jurisdiction of the WDOC in an institutional setting or the community are thoroughly investigated.