What is PREA/SAPPI?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law that prohibits sexual misconduct in correctional settings such as prisons, jails, lockups, juvenile facilities, and Immigration Services ⁄ ICE detention facilities. Sexual misconduct under this law includes:
• Detainee-on-Detainee sexual assault and abuse
• Staff-on-Detainee sexual misconduct (sexual inappropriate relationships with Detainees)
• Detainee-on-Detainee and staff-on-Detainee sexual harassment
The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office takes every report of sexual misconduct seriously and will thoroughly, promptly, and objectively investigate all allegations.
The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is committed to emphasizing a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse or assault of detainees/inmates, either by staff or other detainees/inmates. It shall be the policy of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office to provide a safe and secure environment for all detainees, employees, contractors, and volunteers, free from the threat of sexual abuse or assault by maintaining a Sexual Abuse and Assault Prevention and Intervention Program that ensures effective procedures for preventing, reporting, responding to, investigating, and tracking incidents or allegations of sexual abuse or assault. The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office shall conduct investigations in a manner that avoids unnecessary embarrassment or indignity to the detainee/inmate. It shall also be the policy of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office to pursue administrative, disciplinary, and/or criminal sanctions against any detainee/inmate, staff member, contractor, or volunteer found to have committed sexual abuse or assault against a detainee/inmate. It shall be the responsibility of the Medical staff to provide immediate first-aid to the victim and to refer the detainee/inmate to the appropriate medical facility.
Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office policies regarding sexual misconduct apply to all inmates/detainees. They also apply to employees, contractors, and volunteers.