The Prison Rape Elimination Act (“PREA”) was signed into federal law in 2003. In 2012, The U.S. Department of Justice finalized national PREA Standards. The Rhode Island Department of Corrections (“RIDOC”) is committed to adhering to the PREA standards in order to continue to prevent, detect and respond to all incidents of sexual abuse and sexual harassment alleged to have occurred in its facilities.
The RIDOC has zero tolerance of inmate sexual abuse and sexual harassment and accepts all reports of sexual abuse and sexual harassment whether made verbally, in writing, anonymously or from third parties. There is no time limit on when an incident of sexual abuse or sexual harassment can be reported.
Every allegation of inmate sexual abuse and sexual harassment is thoroughly investigated by the RIDOC Office of Inspections, the RIDOC Special Investigations Unit, and/or the Rhode Island State Police. Where warranted by evidence, proportional sanctions up to and including criminal prosecution are implemented.
To report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual abuse, please contact:
RIDOC's Special Investigations Unit at (401) 462-2282 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RIDOC's Office of Inspections at (401) 462-2551 or email@example.com
The Rhode Island State Police at (401) 462-2650
The Help Line at 1-800-494-8100
ICE at 1-888-351-4024
RIDOC PREA Audits:
RIDOC PREA Policy:
Link to RIDOC 9.49 PREA Policy
RIDOC Spanish Version of PREA Policy
Link to RIDOC 9.49 PREA Policy (Spanish Version)
RIDOC PREA Annual Report:
RIDOC PREA Brochure:
Link to National PREA Resource Center
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:
RIDOC PREA Coordinator
40 Howard Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920