In 2003, Congress enacted the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), which set a zero tolerance standard for sexual abuse and sexual harassment of those criminally confined to a federal, state or local facility. National standards took effect in 2012, establishing clear requirements to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement.
DOC has zero tolerance for sexual abuse and sexual harassment.
The U.S. Department of Justice established federal standards for:
Executive Directive 72 details our commitment to this policy. The PREA Office:
- Educates and trains offenders, staff, and community partners regarding PREA;
- Reviews and conducts administrative investigations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment allegations*;
- Provides technical assistance and interpretation of PREA standards;
- Coordinates PREA compliance and auditing; and
- Collects and analyzes data.
*Note, local law enforcement agencies investigate criminally when the alleged conduct involves potentially criminal behavior.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) investigates all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of inmates and youth in our custody, past and present. To report sexual abuse or sexual harassment, an inmate or youth may:
- Tell, or write to, any staff member;
- Call the internal or external reporting hotline;
- File a grievance;
- Contact local law enforcement; or
- Tell any family member, friend or support person.
To notify DOC on behalf of an inmate or youth, a third party may
report by email. Please provide as much detail as possible, including:
- Inmate or youth full name
- Inmate or youth date of birth
- Inmate or youth DOC number
- Facility in which the incident occurred
- Facility in which the inmate or youth is currently housed (if different from above)
- Description of incident including date, locations, circumstances
- Suspect information
- Your contact information, if you wish to be contacted regarding this allegation
Reports from third parties may be discussed with the victim named in the report. Information related to the report will only be shared with those who need to know to ensure the victim's safety and begin an administrative investigation.
DOC refers all allegations that involve potentially criminal behavior to local law enforcement. DOC fully cooperates and collaborates with local law enforcement during an investigation to ensure that individuals involved are held accountable under criminal law and DOC administrative code.
Agencies that are contracted by Wisconsin Department of Corrections to provide residential services must have policies and procedures in place to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment of offenders. If your agency has a current contract with DOC for residential services and you wish to learn more about DOC's expectations and response procedure please review the following documents.
Volunteers and Contractors
Volunteers and contractors that perform services inside of a DOC facility shall understand their responsibilities to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The level and type of training volunteers and contractors receive is dependent upon the service(s) they provide and level of contact they have with inmates. Below are documents that a volunteer or contractor may be directed, by their contract administrator or supervisor, to review and understand.
Note, Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) may provide alternate on-site training for volunteers. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to acknowledge the training they received following on-site training.
The following resources are available to adults and youth upon entry into a correctional facility:
Inmate PREA Education Handbook
Male Inmate PREA Education Video
Female Inmate PREA Education Video
Youth PREA Education Handbook
Youth PREA Education Video
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections collects and aggregates incident-based sexual abuse data. After analyzing such data, DOC posts an annual compilation of findings and corrective actions:
Survey of Sexual Victimization
The Survey of Sexual Victimization is an annual reporting requirement mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Agency surveys are collected and analyzed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.
In accordance with PREA standards, DOC complies with all auditing requirements.
The federal Prison Rape Elimination Act requires one-third of DOC facilities to be audited each year, which results in every facility being audited every three years.
Black River Correctional Center
Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility
Columbia Correctional Institution
Drug Abuse Correctional Center
Dodge Correctional Institution
Felmers Chaney Correctional Center
Flambeau Correctional Center
Fox Lake Correctional Institution
Gordon Correctional Center
Green Bay Correctional Institution
Jackson Correctional Institution
John Burke Correctional Center
Kenosha Correctional Center
Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution
Lincoln Hills School/Copper Lake School
Marshall E Sherrer Correctional Center 2016 2019
McNaughton Correctional Center
Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility
Milwaukee Women's Correctional Center
New Lisbon Correctional Institution
Oakhill Correctional Institution
Oregon Correctional Center
Oshkosh Correctional Institution
Prairie du Chien Correctional Institution2016 2019
Racine Correctional Institution/Sturtevant Transitional Facility 2016 (RCI)2016 (STF)
Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility
Redgranite Correctional Institution2016 2017
Robert E Ellsworth Correctional Center
St. Croix Correctional Center2016 2018
Sanger B Powers Correctional Center
Stanley Correctional Institution
Taycheedah Correctional Institution
Thompson Correctional Center
Waupun Correctional Institution
Winnebago Correctional Center
Wisconsin Resource Center
Wisconsin Secure Program Facility
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections tracks all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. As noted above, all allegations are investigated and assigned a disposition, which include:
- Substantiated: Incident determined to have occurred.
- Unsubstantiated: The investigation produced insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the incident occurred.
- Unfounded: Incident determined not to have occurred.
Incidents are listed below by the year in which they were reported. Incidents currently under investigation are not listed.
Sexual Abuse (Updated October 23, 2019)
Sexual Harassment (Updated October 23, 2019)
For additional information about sexual assault, sexual abuse in confinement and the Prison Rape Elimination Act, please explore the following resources.