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Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 

 
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that prohibits and seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in correctional institutions and community corrections settings. The Department of Corrections (DOC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and offenders
  • The Illinois Department of Corrections has zero tolerance for sexual abuse or sexual harassment of any person or sexual relationships between staff and offenders
  • Offenders who have consensual sexual contact with another offender will be disciplined
  • Offenders who initiate non–consensual sexual contact with another offender will be disciplined and referred to law enforcement
  • Employees, contract staff, and volunteers who engage in sexual contact or sexual misconduct with offenders will be terminated and referred for criminal prosecution when applicable

How to Report Institutional Sexual Abuse and/or Staff Sexual Misconduct

If you have information regarding an offender who has been sexually abused or sexually harassed while under IDOC custody or community supervision, please call: 217-558-4013.

Calls to this number at IDOC Headquarters are recorded. Messages are checked periodically Monday through Friday during business hours by staff of the Investigations Unit.

You do not have to give your name, but it is critical that you provide as many details as possible.

This includes:

  • The name(s) and locations of persons involved;
  • the name(s) or description of any witnesses to the incident;
  • IDOC offender number (if an offender)
  • A brief description of the incident(s)
  • A brief description of where the event(s) occurred;
  • The date(s), time, and place of occurrence(s);
  • Names and contact information of others who might have additional information about the incident;
  • Your contact phone number and address (optional)
IDOC investigates all allegations of offender–on–offender sexual abuse and staff sexual misconduct. Investigations are initiated by the Investigation Unit at IDOC Headquarters. Please understand without detailed information it is difficult to investigate a sexual abuse or sexual harassment situation.

Reporting Information for IDOC Inmates

Offenders serving their sentence within an IDOC facility are urged to report allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. Offenders can report by submitting a request slip, a grievance, telling a trusted staff member, or asking a family member or friend to call the report line.

Further Information

If you would like further information or have questions regarding PREA and the Illinois Department of Corrections please write to:

Illinois Department of Corrections
Constituent Services – Attention PREA
1301 Concordia Court
P.O. Box 19277
Springfield, IL 62794-9277