Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

PREA Overview

The Crow Wing County Jail has zero tolerance for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. We enforce all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to inmate sexual misconduct. All sexual abuse or sexual harassment reports will be fully investigated by the Crow Wing County Jail and the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office Investigative Division.

Under PREA, we have established uniform methods for prompt reporting and investigation of allegations of sex-related offenses or threats, identification of predators, protection of victims, and prescribing sanctions for substantiated sexual offenses, as well as false allegations. This standard is directed to all sexual acts relating to inmate to inmate, inmate to staff and staff to inmate.

Inmates who are currently being sexually assaulted are encouraged to talk to a staff member. This will allow for the quickest response.

If you suspect that an inmate is the victim of sexual assault/harassment, it can be reported in the following ways:

  • Contact the Crow Wing County Jail Administration Office during regular business hours at 218-822-7050 and you will be directed to someone who can take the information.
  • Call the Crow Wing County Jail and request to speak with a Shift Supervisor to make a report at 218-822-7050.
  • Call Sexual Assault Services at 218-828-0494 with the option to remain anonymous.

PREA Audit

2021 - Crow Wing Final Audit Report (PDF)