Prison Rape Elimination Act

  • PREA Overview

    In 2003, Congress enacted The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) which established a zero-tolerance standard for the incidence of prison rape within any confinement facility of a federal, state or local government.  Thereafter, it developed and implemented national standards, effective August 20, 2013, for gathering data, as well as the detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape. 

    The Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is committed to ensuring a safe and humane environment for all prisoners. The MDOC maintains a zero policy of sexual violence against prisoners and investigates allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, misconduct, and overfamiliarity.  Sexual violence is neither the norm, nor is it an inevitable part of prison life.  Sexual activity between prisoners is a violation of Department policy and institutional rules.  Sexual activity involving prisoners and staff is always prohibited and is always illegal.

  • Definitions
  • Reporting Requirements
  • PREA Unit Information
  • Prison Rape Elimination Act - Online Reporting Form