Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law established to address sexual abuse of detainees in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies.  PREA applies to all correctional facilities, public and private, including prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, community confinement facilities, and Immigration and Customs detention (ICE) facilities.

It is the policy of Shelby County Division of Corrections (SCDC) to provide a safe, humane, and secure environment, free from threat of sexual abuse for all inmates.  SCDC has established clear procedures for preventing, detecting, reporting, and eliminating sexual abuse.

Shelby County Division of Corrections Policy #333: Compliance with The Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The purpose of this policy is to provide required Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) definitions, to establish the Shelby County Division of Corrections (SCDC) ZERO TOLERANCE position against prison sexual misconduct, and to provide guidance in prevention and tracking techniques for sexual misconduct directed toward inmate victims by employees and other persons.

PREA Incidents involve the following conduct: 

  • Inmate and Inmate Sexual Abuse
  • Staff and Inmate Sexual Abuse
  • Inmate and Inmate Sexual Harassment
  • Staff and Inmate Sexual Harassment

Ways to Report 

Offenders, a relative, or a friend may report sexual abuse or sexual harassment in various ways:

Call or Write:

The SCDC PREA Hotline at (901) 222-8080       website PREA Email 
The PREA Compliance Coordinator                             Rape Crisis Center
1071 Mullins Station Road, N Building                         2675 Union Avenue Extended
Memphis, TN  38134                                                    Memphis, TN  38112

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
2 International Plaza Drive, Suite 245 Nashville, TN  37217
24-hour State-Wide Domestic Violence Hotline- 1-800-356-6767

Offenders may also use the Inmate Grievance Procedure.  Grievance boxes are placed within every housing unit.

Department of Justice Annual PREA Audit Report 

PREA Audit Corrective Action Plan 

PREA Audit Final Report

Agency Appeal