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The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement facilities. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. The final standards became effective June 20, 2012, when they were published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the Federal Register. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released final standards for DHS confinement facilities, effective May 6, 2014.

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office complies with the Prison Rape Elimination Act in its entirety and has implemented procedures for appropriate prevention, detection, intervention and treatment for all victims of sexual assault.

In accordance with the standards set forth in PREA, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy for any act of assault, abuse, misconduct, and harassment of a sexual nature perpetrated by another inmate or staff member, regardless of consent. Sexual conduct between inmates and staff, volunteers, or contract personnel, regardless of consensual status, is prohibited and subject to appropriate personnel action up to and including termination and potential criminal prosecution. There is no consent for sexual behavior in a custody environment.

Inmates being held in FCSO custody are encouraged to immediately report allegations of sexual abuse to an officer, nurse, chaplain, or any staff member. They may also call or write to any of the hotline numbers posted in their housing area. Numbers are also available in the Inmate Orientation Handbook. All calls are free and confidential.

If you were assaulted at one of our facilities, or if you wish to file a third-party complaint of sexual abuse, retaliation, or harassment on behalf of an inmate, you may do so in person, by telephone, anonymously, or by mail by contacting:

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Coordinator
Lieutenant John Copher
1225 M Street
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 600-8445

The following information and resources reflect the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to PREA.

Jail Questions

How do I get information about someone who was arrested?

To see if someone is in custody, check the Inmate Information Center, or you may call 1-888-373-7011.

Can I order packaged goods online for an inmate?

Yes -- MyCarePack.com gives you the opportunity to show friends and loved ones you're thinking of them while they're incarcerated.