Prison Rape Elimination Act

PREA sealThe North Carolina Department of Public Safety is committed to a standard of zero-tolerance of any undue familiarity or personal misconduct between employees and offenders. We make a commitment to provide professional and appropriate services to our offender population and support to staff for their roles in accomplishing these responsibilities. PREA's mission is to promote public safety by the administration of a fair and humane system which provides reasonable opportunities for adjudicated offenders to develop progressively responsible behavior. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 fits perfectly with that mission. Each employee is vital to the prevention and detection of undue familiarity in order to protect offenders and safeguard our communities.

We envision a safe and humane correctional environment free from the threat of any act of undue familiarity and sexual abuse. We see ourselves working collaboratively with others to develop programs and strategies that safeguard the well-being of offenders.


Professionalism with offenders is critical to maintaining a healthy correctional culture and safe environment. Undue familiarity is found among custody, probation, program, medical, mental health, chaplains, clerical, food service staff, surveillance, intake/ community service staff and others. No job classification is immune to undue familiarity. A staff member who engages in undue familiarity with an offender jeopardizes their career as well as their livelihood in the community.

Submit a report of undue familiarity or sexual misconduct (via email)

 Reporting methods include, but are not limited to:

Prison facility or judicial district office
Officer-in-charge or probation officer
Facility or division administrator
Correction employee
Division director's office
Dept. of Public Safety Communications Office 1-800-368-1985
PREA Administration office (919) 825-2754 or

Legal Documents
Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003
NC General Statute 14-27.7
Employee statement - PREA hiring and promotion prohibitions
PREA Acknowledgement

Maintaining an atmosphere of professionalism
Employee bulletin
Watch your step
Breaking the Silence of Abuse - poster
Volunteers - Maintaining boundaries
PREA Awareness for inmates/offenders
Road to Recovery - poster

Informational Handouts
Daily Dozen
Red Flags
Instructions for accessing PREA training in the Learning Management System

2015 Sexual Abuse Annual Report

PREA Audit Reports

2017 2016


2016 PREA audit reports

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