The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was established in 2003 to address problems associated with sexual abuse and sexual harassment in Correctional Facilities and Jails.  PREA is a Federal Law that aims to eliminate, reduce and prevent sexual assault and rape within jails like the Marathon County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office has zero-tolerance for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in the facilities it operates. Sexual abuse of an inmate, to include voyeurism, by an inmate, staff member, contractor, or volunteer will not be tolerated.

Sexual Harassment by an inmate, staff member, contractor, or volunteer, including demeaning references to gender, sexually suggestive or derogatory comments about body or clothing, or obscene language or gestures will not be tolerated.

The Marathon County Sheriff’s Office will respond to and investigate; either on their own or through the use of an outside agency all allegations of sexual misconduct.

Inmates are provided with resources to instruct them on the many ways to report these incidents. Inmates must report violations of PREA to a Sheriff’s Office Staff member immediately.

PREA violations should be reported to the Marathon County Jail by calling 715-261-1700.