Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facilities has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facilities, as described in the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) 2003. We will enforce all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to inmate sexual misconduct. All reports will be fully investigated by law enforcement, which includes both allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, by the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau.

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.