Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) was enacted by Congress to address the problem of sexual abuse of persons in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies. PREA applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders and is also relevant to community-based agencies. It addresses both inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse and staff sexual misconduct. PREA will become effective on September 1, 2013.

Zero Tolerance

The Maury County Sheriff’s Department has zero tolerance relating to the sexual abuse of offenders and recognizes these offenders as crime victims. If an inmate has contacted you and reported sexual harassment by an officer or any type of sexual abuse you may contact the Sheriff’s Department Corrections Division in person, by telephone or letter.

The Department will immediately respond to allegations, fully investigate reported incidents, pursue disciplinary action, and refer for investigation and prosecution those who perpetrate such conduct. Allegations will be treated with discretion and confidentiality, to the extent permitted by law.

Abuse Data

Sexual abuse data for the Maury County Jail is compiled yearly and will be available to the public by written request to the Jail Supervisor beginning in fiscal year 2014.