House of Correction
 

PREA

Prison Rape Elimination Act

What Is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 prohibits and seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct in correctional institutions. Sexual abuse includes: inmate on inmate sexual abuse, inmate on inmate sexual harassment, staff on inmate sexual abuse and staff on inmate sexual harassment.

The Milwaukee County House of Correction has a zero tolerance for incidences of sexual abuse or misconduct within its facility. It is the policy of the Milwaukee County House of Correction to provide a safe, humane and secure environment free from threat of sexual abuse for all inmates in custody by maintaining a program of prevention, detection and response. Any person accused of such inappropriate acts will be subjected to investigation, and will also be referred to law enforcement when applicable.

Purpose of the Prison Rape Elimination Act

The purpose of the Prison Rape Elimination act is to “provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in federal, state and local institutions and to provide information, resources and recommendations to protect individuals from prison rape.”

How to Report Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct

Inmates who have been subjected to sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct or victimization, or know someone who has been the victim of sexual harassment while in the custody of the Milwaukee County House of Correction, should either:

  • Notify their housing unit officer immediately
  • Notify the psych social worker (PSW) via triage form
  • Contact the jail chaplain
  • Call the PREA hotline by dialing *789
  • Fill out an inmate grievance form
  • Send a written letter to the MCHOC PREA Administrators, 8885 S. 68th St., Franklin, WI 53132
  • Ask a family member or friend to call the jail shift commander at (414) 427-4700

Inmates calling the hotline regarding another inmate do not have to give their name; however, it is critical that as many details as possible are given; including:

  • The names and locations of persons involved
  • The dates and times the incident occurred
  • Any potential witnesses to the incident
  • A brief description of the incident or specific details

Civilians who have information regarding a Milwaukee County House of Correction inmate who has been the victim of sexual misconduct while in the custody of the Milwaukee County House of Correction may report information by mail or email.

Mail

Milwaukee County House of Correction
Prison Rape Elimination Act Coordinator
8885 S. 68th St.
Franklin, WI 53132
(414) 427-4775

Email

It is the resolution of the Milwaukee County House of Correction that no inmate will suffer in silence. We will maintain and ensure a safe and secure environment for the public, staff and inmates.

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Milwaukee County House of Correction 2017 PREA Annual Report

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was established in 2003 to address the problems of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the Correctional System. PREA is a federal law established to address the elimination, reduction and prevention of sexual assault and rape within our Correctional System.

The Milwaukee County House of Correction has a zero tolerance policy pertaining to all sexual misconduct, including sexual abuse and sexual harassment; and stated in the PREA policy there shall be no sexual activity between staff and Inmates/detainees, or between Incarcerated/detained persons. We are working continuously to implement new policies and procedures, PREA training requirements for staff and Inmates and developing standards for the detection, prevention and reduction of sexual misconduct; and to ensure that all sexual misconduct is reported and investigated accurately and completely.

It is the policy of the Milwaukee County House of Correction to respond and thoroughly investigate every allegation of sexual misconduct reported. All cases will have an ending result of:

Substantiated allegation: This means an allegation was investigated and determined to have occurred.

Unsubstantiated allegation: This means an allegation was investigated and the investigation produced insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the event occurred.

Unfounded: This means an allegation was investigated and determined not to have occurred.

In 2017 the Milwaukee County House of Correction had 27 PREA cases filed.

  • Zero cases were reported for Inmate/Inmate Non-Consensual Sexual Act.
  • Five cases were reported for Inmate/Inmate Abusive Sexual Contact. One case was investigated and determined to be unfounded. Four cases were investigated and determined to be unsubstantiated.
  • Twenty cases were reported for Inmate/Inmate Sexual Harassment. One case was investigated and determined to be substantiated. Eight cases were investigated and determined to be unsubstantiated. Eleven cases were investigated and were determined to be unfounded.
  • Two cases were reported for Staff Sexual Harassment. One case was investigated and determined to be unsubstantiated. One case was reviewed and was closed, as the subject of the investigation retired.
  • Zero cases were reported for Staff Sexual Misconduct.

 

HOC 2017 PREA Cases

Substantiated

Unsubstantiated

Unfounded

Ongoing Investigation

Reviewed / Closed

Total Reported

Inmate/ Inmate Non-Consensual Sexual Act

0

0

0

0

0

0

Inmate/ Inmate abusive sexual act

0

4

1

0

0

5

Inmate/ Inmate sexual Harassment

1

8

11

0

0

20

Staff Sexual Harassment

0

0

1

0

1

2

Staff Sexual Misconduct

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

All data was collected and aggregated in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of our sexual abuse prevention, detection and response policies, practices and training.

The Milwaukee County House of Correction continues to be committed to taking corrective actions to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act Standards and to continue to provide a safe environment for its residents. Since the inception of this program we have implemented the following actions:

We have trained 18 officers in PREA investigations.

We implemented a PREA hotline for the confidential reporting by inmates within the facility.

Orientate all incoming inmates on Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. Additionally, all staff advise inmates daily, during expectations on each shift, how to report incidents of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual abuse.

Written and distributed new policies and procedures to all staff within our institution educating them on the importance of PREA.

Created a PREA section on our website to educate the public on our policies.

The policy of the Milwaukee County House of Correction is to provide a safe, humane and secure environment free from threat of sexual abuse for all inmates in custody by maintaining a program of prevention, detection and response. It is our resolution that no inmate will suffer in silence. We will maintain and ensure a safe and secure environment for the public, staff and inmates alike.

MILWAUKEE COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTION

8885 South 68th Street
Franklin, Wisconsin 53132
(414) 427-4700
Fax: (414) 427-8017

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