PREA

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) is a federal law passed in 2003 to guide correctional institutions about detecting, preventing, and reducing sexual abuse/misconduct in confinement settings.  While the law specifically pertains to confinement facilities, the Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility (JAF) is embracing the culture of PREA throughout our department with the goal of keeping our staff and clients safe.​

Scott County Juvenile Alternative Facility (JAF) has a zero-tolerance policy for incidents of sexual behavior, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct of resident-on-resident or staff-on-resident.  Staff includes:  employee, volunteer, official visitor, or contract staff.

​All residents are educated on how to report such acts while at the JAF.  If you or someone you know has been victimized, or may be at risk of being a victim, report it immediately.​

To make a report:

​All reports are taken seriously and will be thoroughly investigated.  False reports will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

​​A person who becomes aware of, suspects, or otherwise has knowledge of any sexual misconduct, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or retaliation at the JAF or at any other juvenile facility must immediately report the information in any of the following ways:

                         
  • Tell a Juvenile Alternative Facility staff member
  • Call PREA Hotline at 952-496-8934
  • Email the PREA Hotline at preajuvenile@co.scott.mn.us
  • Call the Sexual Violence Center at 952-448-5425
Scott County investigates all reports of sexual harassment and sexual abuse.  Where necessary, reports are referred to the Scott County Sheriff's Office for criminal investigation.

Annual Reports



​We investigate each incident of alleged or reported sexual harassment, abuse or sexual assault/rape to the fullest extent possible in cooperation with the State.

​In 2016, the Scott County Juvenile Facility had the following incidents reported:​

Sexual Abuse Incidents Reported:

  • Substantiated:  0
  • Unsubstantiated:  0
  • Unfounded: 1
Sexual Misconduct Incidents Reported:
  • Substantiated:  0
  • Unsubstantiated:  0
  • Unfounded:  0
Sexual Harassment Incidents Reported:
  • Substantiated:  1
  • Unsubstantiated:  0
  • Unfounded:  0