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 - 24/7
    Inmates can call 217-753-6658 from any facility phone free of charge. Leave name, Inmate ID number, and any information regarding the incident.
  • Sangamon County PREA Reporting
    Inmates or friends/family can call 217-786-8566 to report the incident to a Third Party Reporting service.

  • 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.

  • Friends or family members 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. Or 217-753-6637, Monday through Friday. Email

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.

Victim services are also available through the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault hotline 217-753-8081