Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law designed to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in correctional institutions and community corrections settings. Sangamon County Sheriff's Office is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for staff and detainees.

The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office has a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of sexual abuse or sexual harassment committed by detainees and staff within our facilities. Detainees have the right to be free from sexual abuse. sexual harassment, and from retaliation for reporting such incidents. Sexual acts or conduct between detainees or between detainees and any staff member, even if consensual, are prohibited.

The methods available for Inmate reporting are:

  • Sangamon County Sheriff's Office PREA Hotline (Monitored Monday - Friday)
    To use, Dial: 1, then Dial *71. Leave a detailed message with your name, inmate ID number, identifying information regarding those persons involved, location of the incident, date, time, and any other detailed information regarding the incident.
  • Sangamon County Sheriff's Office Correctional Staff Member
    If you are injured or feel you are in Immediate Danger, report the incident right away to any staff member either verbally or by Inmate Request Form.

  • Asking a friend or family member to contact Sangamon County Sheriff's Office
    Friends or Family may call the Corrections 24-hour line 217-753-6887 and ask for a Shift Supervisor.

  • Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault hotline 217-753-8081

Sangamon County Sheriff's Office shall investigate all reported incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

Victim Services

All victims of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, while detained, will be provided access to medical and mental health treatment.