The Idaho Department of Correction has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to prevent sexual assaults and sexual misconduct in confinement settings. The department adopted a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse in 2004. Preventing sexual abuse is a top priority for the agency.
All sexual abuse reports are investigated. Incidents involving potentially criminal acts are referred to law enforcement for investigation and potential prosecution.
Residents are encouraged to report and have multiple ways to get help. The quickest way for a resident to receive help is to report to staff in the facility.
Residents may report in the following ways inside facilities.
- Tell any staff member.
- Submit a written report, such as a concern form.
- Call the PREA hotline and record a report.
- Send a letter to the Idaho Sheriffs' Association. *Residents can ask to remain confidential for this option.
Family and friends may report in the following ways from the community.
- Send Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Call the Helpline 1-800-361-6286.
- Contact PREA Coordinator Teresa Jones at (208) 605-4772.
Community options are checked during normal business hours. If immediate response is needed, call the facility directly at the main facility number.
Concern forms and grievances may also be used for reporting. The PREA SOP 149.01.01.001 has complete details.
PREA Data and Reports
The agency publishes an Annual Report with sexual abuse data and actions take to improve program effectiveness.
Final PREA audit reports are published as they become available.
PREA is an essential part of the agency's efforts to keep prisons safe for residents and staff.