PREA Annual Report

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

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 Crow Wing County Jail has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facility, under the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 2003.  We will enforce all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to inmate sexual misconduct.  All reports will be fully investigated, which includes both allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment, by the Crow Wing County Jail and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office investigative Division.

The Crow Wing County Jail’s continued commitment to maintain an organizational culture of zero-tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and harassment through annual staff training, contractor and volunteer training, notification to all professional visitors, and inmate education is supported by comparing the final statistics for the previous two years.  The supporting graphs show from 2018 to 2019 the number of allegations of staff on Inmate sexual abuse has gone from zero unsubstantiated allegations of sexual abuse and one unfounded allegations of sexual harassment to 2 unfounded allegations of sexual harassment and 1 unfounded allegation of sexual misconduct.  The number of allegations of inmate on inmate sexual abuse has gone from zero allegations of sexual abuse to 1 substantiated case of inmate sexual assault submitted to the County Attorney’s Office which is pending a decision on charges.  One unfounded allegation of inmate on inmate sexual harassment.  For five consecutive years there have been zero substantiated allegations of staff on inmate sexual abuse.  After three consecutive years of zero substantiated allegations of inmate on inmate sexual abuse the Crow Wing County Jail has a substantiated case of inmate on inmate sexual assault. 

The Crow Wing County Jail redacts all personal identifies (name of victim, date of birth, sex of victim, date reported, and reporting party) when reporting annual statistics. 

2019 Statistics

Inmate on Inmate ComplaintSexual AbuseSexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations01
Unsubstantiated Allegations00
Substantiated Allegations10


Staff on Inmate ComplaintSexual AbuseSexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations03
Unsubstantiated Allegations00
Substantiated Allegations00


2018 Statistics

Inmate on Inmate ComplaintSexual AbuseSexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations00
Unsubstantiated Allegations01
Substantiated Allegations01


Staff on Inmate ComplaintSexual AbuseSexual Harassment
Unfounded Allegations00
Unsubstantiated Allegations00
Substantiated Allegations00