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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Cuyahoga County Corrections Center, has a zero-tolerance standard for incidence of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and also makes prevention of inmate sexual abuse a top priority. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office also extends this zero tolerance policy to include any personnel, volunteers, interns, or contract personnel, who may have contact with inmates and will thoroughly investigate and hold accountable person(s) who violate these policies and Ohio State laws.


The Cuyahoga County Corrections Center will provide a safe, humane and appropriately secure environment, with zero-tolerance of sexual abuse and sexual harassment for all inmates, by maintaining a program of prevention, detection, response, investigation and tracking. Any inmate that has been the victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment will be monitored to prevent any further harm. Special attention will be paid to jail placement and a specific treatment plan will be developed for the victim of an act of sexual abuse.

Upon booking into the Corrections Center, all inmates are shown the Inmate Orientation Video. In addition to information on the rules and regulations of the Center, the video provides a detailed description of the inmate’s rights under the Prison Rape Elimination Act.


Inmates experiencing incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment are provided multiple means of making a report. To allow for the quickest response, inmates are encouraged to verbally report to any staff member immediately. Inmates may file written grievances by submitting an Inmate Request Form (kite), or by mailing a letter to the Sheriff at P.O. Box 5600 Cleveland, Ohio 44113. Reports may also be made by telephone (toll-free) to Cleveland Rape Crisis Center at (216) 619-6192.

Non-inmates (third-parties) may report incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment of an inmate confined in the Corrections Center by contacting the Warden’s Office at (216) 443-6125, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:00pm. Click here for the Corrections Center Policy and Procedures for Reporting Inmate Sexual Harassment-Assault.

Data Collection

The Cuyahoga County Corrections Center collects accurate, uniform data on every report of sexual abuse occurring in all county correctional facilities. The data collected is used, to complete the annual Survey of Sexual Violence that is forwarded to the USDOJ.

To view survey data click on the links provided below: