Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
Federal law regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) prohibits non-consensual sexual contact between clients and any sexual contact between clients and staff. All inappropriate contact will be reported and responded to according to the law. It is important to ensure the safety of all parties involved in any behavior that can result in trauma.
PREA and Community Corrections
CJSD clients have the right to be safe from sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct. This is true regardless of whether the client is heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender. Clients have the right to be safe from unwanted sexual advances and acts. Clients also have the right to say “NO” to pressure to engage in any type of sexual activity. In addition, clients have the right to report any sexual attempt and/or sexual assault immediately.
Reports of sexual behavior will be investigated. Any incident involving potentially criminal behavior will be immediately forwarded to law enforcement for criminal investigation and possible prosecution.
Making a Report
Tell any staff member
Send an email to Mesa County Criminal Justice Services at: CJSD-TIPS@mesacounty.us
Call the Criminal Justice Services Department Administration at 970-244-1728
Complete a grievance form on the client portal or ask staff for a grievance form
Call the Colorado Department of Corrections Tip Line at: 877-362-8477
Call the Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ) at: 303-239-4442
Notify the Grand Junction Regional Communications Center at: 970-242-6707 or 911
Ask a family member, friend, legal counsel, treatment provider or anyone else outside the facility. They can report over the phone, in writing or report anonymously.
NOTE: Regardless of Internal or External Reporting, you will have the option to make reports anonymously. Confidentiality is only limited in cases of mandatory reporting laws.
PREA Tip Lines are not for grievances or complaints.
Advocacy and Support
Information given by a client to these agencies listed below will not result in a report to the facility unless a release of information is signed. Confidentiality is only limited in cases of mandatory reporting laws.
Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Services
Main Phone: 970-242-4400
TDD Phone: 1-800-659-2656
PREA Crisis Hotline: 1 800-809-2344
Annual Reports and Federal Audits
Federal PREA Audits occur every third year. The last two Federal PREA Audits are listed below.
Annual Department PREA reports are completed that include information about:
- Summaries of investigations and outcomes
- Department efforts to assess and improve the effectiveness of sexual abuse prevention and detection
- Staff Training
Below are the most recent reports and data