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. More recently, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released final standards for DHS confinement facilities, effective May 6, 2014.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office enforces a Zero Tolerance for sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct. The Fresno County Sheriff's Office complies with the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 in its entirety and has implemented procedures for appropriate prevention, detection, intervention and treatment for all victims of sexual assault.
The following information and resources reflect the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to the PREA.
Any allegation of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct will be investigated to the fullest extent whether administratively or criminally.
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
Sergeant Nikia Shumate
1225 M. Street
Fresno, Ca 93721
California Attorney General's Public Inquiry Unit (800) 952-5225.
If the report involves a federal inmate, contact:
U.S Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
Attn: Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Complaints
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 4706
Washington, DC. 20528-0305
Immigration inmates may report abuse by calling the Hotline for the Department of Homeland Security at 1-800-323-8603, or writing to:
DHS Office of the Inspector General
Attn: Office of Investigations-Hotline
245 Murray Lane SW
Washington, D.C. 20528-0305
To see if someone is in custody, check the Inmate Information Center, or you may call 1-888-373-7011.
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