What Is the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)?
Passed in 2013, the goal of PREA is to eradicate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in all confinement facilities, in this country.
The County of Santa Clara Probation Department has a policy of zero tolerance regarding sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct. All incidents will be investigated; victims will be provided medical/emotional support and be protected from further harm and retaliation.
Youth have the right to be free from sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
If youth are hurt by another resident or staff, please let a any adult know.
Youth will be held responsible and may be charged if they hurt another resident.
If youth make false allegations, they will be held accountable.
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Resources and Materials:
Santa Clara County Probation Department PREA Policies to Probation Policies:
For further PREA resources, you can check out the PREA Resource Center page at www.prearesourcecenter.org.
How does Probation respond when there is an allegation of sexual abuse or misconduct in our facilities?
Santa Clara County Probation Department Response Plan for PREA Incidents
All allegations of sexual abuse should be reported and will be investigated. If you suspect an incident of abuse or misconduct occurred, you have several options to file a complaint.
Youth may report sexual abuse or sexual harassment incidents anonymously or to any staff member they choose.
If you have been abused or witnessed abuse, but you are unwilling to report it to a staff member, youth may fill out a grievance form, write a letter to Administration, request to see the Chaplain, talk to a Probation Manager, parent, or trusted adult.
The juvenile facility shall provide youth with reasonable access to tools necessary to make a written report.
INTERNAL AFFAIRS (IA) How to File a Complaint
2314 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95131
THE OMBUDSPERSON CAN HELP!
The Ombudsperson is an independent problem-solver responsible for investigating complaints and attempting to resolve them for people involved. As a youth in a juvenile justice facility, you have the right to ask questions or file a complaint with the Ombudsperson if your rights have been violated or ignored or you are concerned about the condition of the facility you are in. You cannot be punished or threatened for making a complaint.
1215 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
1 (844) 402-1880
The PREA Coordinator & Compliance Manager can be reached at [email protected].