Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office is committed to upholding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 by asserting a Zero-Tolerance Policy for all Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office employees, volunteers, contractors, vendors and every person under correctional supervision provided by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office and/or housed at the Barnstable County Correctional Facility.
There are three ways to report an assault or a victimization of a sexual nature:
- Call the BCSO PREA Hot Line at: 508-563-4484
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Verbally advise a BCSO staff member
- Report in writing to:
BCSO Special Operations Unit
6000 Sheriff’s Place
Bourne, MA 02532
Reports of PREA violations will be kept as confidential as the circumstances allow.
If an investigation by the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office finds that an inmate, BCSO employee, volunteer, contractor or vendor has knowingly made false allegations or made a material statement which they could not have believed to have been true, then the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office may take appropriate disciplinary action and/or criminal action as deemed appropriate in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws.
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