What is PREA?

In adherence with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has partnered with Valley Crime Stoppers to report incidents of sexual assault in correctional facilities. PREA is a federal law established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and rape in correctional systems and applies to:

  • All Federal, State and local Prisons
  • Jails
  • Police Lock-Ups
  • Private Facilities
  • Community settings such as residential facilities

Reporting a Sexual Assault

If you were the victim of a sexual assault while in the custody of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, or if you know of an incident of sexual assault or abuse of a person in custody you may report it using the following resources:


PREA – An Act 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. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) is the first United States federal law intended to deter the sexual assault of prisoners. The bill was signed into law on September 4, 2003.

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