Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)

What is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law established to address the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and rape in correctional systems.  PREA applies to all federal, state, and local prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, and community settings such as residential facilities.

The major provisions of PREA are to:
  • Develop standards for detection, prevention, reduction, and punishment of prison rape
  • Collect and disseminate information on the incidence of prison rape
  • Award grants and technical assistance to help state governments implement the Act

                                                              - National Sheriff's Association 2012

How Does PREA Apply to Jails?

PREA seeks to insure that jails and other correctional settings protect inmates from sexual assault, sexual harassment, "consensual sex" with employees, and inmate-inmate sexual assault. These violations affect security and staff safety, and pose long-term risks to inmates and staff inside jails, and to the public when victimized inmates are released into the community.

PREA requires jails to keep data regarding inmate-inmate sexual assaults, nonconsensual sexual acts, and staff sexual misconduct.
                                                              - National Sheriff's Association 2012

Fontana Police Department Zero-Tolerance for Sexual Abuse

Sexual assault is NOT TOLERATED at any custody facility operated by the Fontana Police Department.  It is the policy of the Fontana Police Department that sexual abuse by an employee, vendor, contracted agency, volunteer, inmate or other non-Police Department member with a business association with the Police Department, is prohibited.  No individual, no matter his or her title or position has the authority to commit or allow sexual abuse.


If you were the victim of a sexual assault while in the custody of the Fontana Police Department, any law enforcement agency, or if you know of an incident of sexual assault or abuse of a person in custody; you may report it to the Fontana Police Department by using the following:

Email:     Sergeant Darren Robbins

If requested, your anonymity will be protected.  Please include the following in your email:
  • Incident.
  • Who was the victim.
  • Who was the suspect.
  • Time and date of the sexual abuse.

, you may also contact the nearest Law Enforcement agency and make a report.

Other Useful Resources

PREA Resources