PREA Intent, Purpose & Background

PREA was established in 2003 to address the problem of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of persons in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies. Major provisions of PREA include the development of standards for detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of prison rape. The Act applies to all public and private institutions that house adult or juvenile offenders and is also relevant to community-based agencies. The Kittitas County Corrections Center has adopted a zero tolerance policy on issues pertaining to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving inmates and is working continuously to implement new policies, training requirements for staff, inmates, contractors and volunteers, and developing standards for detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of prison rape.

Kittitas County Corrections Center Policy #606 - Prison Rape Elimination Act

Reporting and Findings

Below is a chart showing the amount of PREA investigations initiated and completed by our department. They are broken down by type of incident (Inmate v. Inmate or Staff v. Inmate) and the outcome of the investigation. The definitions for the investigation findings are:

  • Unfounded: The allegation is false, not factual.
  • Sustained: The allegation is supported by sufficient factual evidence.
  • Non-Sustained: There is insufficient factual evidence either to prove or disprove the allegations.

2018

Inmate v. Inmate Staff v. Inmate
Investigations Completed 5 2
Unfounded 2 1
Sustained 0 0
Non-Sustained 3 0
Not completed by Feb 1, 2019 0 1

*** There were also 0 investigations forwarded to the apropriate outside entities based on the allegations made by the inmates.

In 2018 the Kittitas County Corrections Center continued to improve sexual violence and harassment prevention strategies, anti‑sexual violence and anti‑sexual harassment education, and incident response. Areas of focus included the Kittitas County Corrections Center:

  • Providing training to staff, volunteers and contractors which have contact with inmates.
  • Revising the investigation process for all allegations.

2017

Inmate v. Inmate Staff v. Inmate
Investigations Completed 1 2
Unfounded 0 2
Sustained 1 0

2016

Inmate v. Inmate Staff v. Inmate
Investigations Completed 2 3
Unfounded 1 3
Sustained 1 0

*** There were also 3 investigations forwarded to the appropriate outside entities based on allegations made by the inmates.

2015

Inmate v. Inmate Staff v. Inmate
Investigations Completed 5 4
Unfounded 5 4
Sustained 0 0

*** There were also 4 investigations forwarded to the appropriate outside entities based on allegations made by the inmates.

2014

Inmate v. Inmate Staff v. Inmate
Investigations Completed 5 4
Unfounded 4 4
Sustained 1 0