Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, otherwise known as PREA, is a federal regulation. The regulation requires the elimination, reduction and prevention of sexual assault and rape in this facility.

It is the policy of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department to be in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). To that end, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department is committed to a zero tolerance policy regarding sexual assaults to include sexual harassment, whether inmate on inmate or staff on inmate. All intentional acts of a sexually abusive behavior (to include sexual harassment) or intimacy between an inmate and a Sheriff’s Department employee, vendor, volunteer, or between an inmate and another inmate regardless of consent, are prohibited and the perpetrator shall be subject to administrative, criminal and/or disciplinary sanctions.

According to section 115.89 (b) of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, PREA, the Essex County Sheriff’s Department if required to provide the public aggregated sexual abuse data relative to its facility. The links below will display the data for the previous calendar year(s):

Middleton PREA Audit Report August 2016 Adult Prisons & Jails 
Lawrence PREA Audit Report August 2016 Community Confinement Facilities 
Salisbury PREA Report August 2016