Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) is a federal law that prevents and seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in juvenile facilities. The Hulse Detention Center and FACE-IT Residential Program is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for residents and staff and has adopted a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

Resident Reporting
Residents may report sexual abuse or sexual harassment in several ways while in our custody:
  1. Tell any staff member, contractor, or volunteer (Juvenile counselors, medical or mental health professionals, probation officers, teachers, etc.)
  2. Submit a grievance.
  3. Use the PREA phone to contact the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center.
  4. Tell a parent or an attorney.
Third Party Reporting
If you have information regarding a resident who has been sexually abused or sexually harassed while in our custody, please report it. You may report by: 
  1. Calling 847-377-7825 and asking to speak to an on-duty supervisor or the PREA Coordinator.
  2. Submitting a grievance on behalf of the resident. Grievance forms are located outside of administration or you may submit a grievance electronically to: JuvenilePREACoordinator@lakecountyil.gov.
  3. Contacting the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Hotline at 1-800-25-ABUSE.
  4. Calling the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 847-377-4250.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office investigates all allegations of sexual abuse and staff sexual misconduct. Please understand without detailed information it is difficult to investigate incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. See Policy 20G: Investigations for more information on PREA investigations that relates to both the Hulse Detention Center and FACE-IT Residential Program.

Victim Services
Any resident who has been a victim of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, may use the PREA phone located in medical at any time to contact the Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to receive emotional support or to make a report of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. The Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center’s Support Line is 847-872-7799.
 
In addition, there are in-house therapists available to meet with the resident upon request.

Further Information
For more information regarding PREA, please contact the PREA Coordinator at 847-377-7800 or email at: JuvenilePREACoordinator@lakecountyil.gov