The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 and Custodial Sexual Misconduct
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office maintains a zero-tolerance standard regarding custodial rape, sexual misconduct and sexual contact between inmates or between inmates and staff.
All sexual and romantic activity between staff and inmates is prohibited and against the law. Sexual activity between inmates is also prohibited and may also be a crime.
There is no such thing as consensual sex in custody.
The Sheriff’s Office will aggressively respond to and investigate any and all allegations of rape and/or sexual misconduct. The Sheriff’s Office supports the prosecution of sexual misconduct and sexual assaults, in partnership with law enforcement and county prosecutors.
Sheriff’s Office staff are required to report and respond to incidents of rape or sexual misconduct. Inmates are encouraged to “Break the Silence of Abuse” and report sexual misconduct to staff members.
If you were sexually abused or know of someone that has been sexually abused, you need to report it immediately. Although reporting can be difficult to do, it will keep you and others safe from more harm. The person who caused the harm will not be able to continue to harm you or hurt others. Although the person who abused you may threaten to harm you in some way and you may be scared, make sure you report sexual abuse immediately.
Inmates are encouraged to speak with deputies, medical staff, mental health professionals, attorneys, program volunteers, family members, friends, or anyone who can assist them in putting a stop to any and all sexual misconduct. They can also write letters, leave notes, leave phone messages or file grievances.
All information will be subject to verification by investigators. Inmates will be held accountable for false claims.
You may file a complaint regarding rape and/or sexual misconduct that occurred while in custody of the Sheriff’s Office on this website under the Complaint link.
You may make a records request for Policies related to PREA by submitting a request in writing to Jail Administration, 4000 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem, Oregon 97317. There is a fee associated with records requests.
Additional information related to PREA can be found at http://nicic.gov/PREA.