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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Complaints of Sexual Abuse/Harassment

DCSO personnel conduct administrative investigations into allegations of sexual abuse/harassment of inmates. Complaints of sexual abuse (inappropriate touching and penetration) are also referred to the Metro Nashville Police Department for possible criminal investigation. Decisions about potential criminal prosecution are made by the MNPD and the Office of the District Attorney.

If you wish to file a third-party complaint of sexual abuse/harassment on behalf of an inmate, you may do so by filling out the PREA Third-Party Complaint Form. You may also do so via email, in person, by telephone, anonymously, or by mail. Use the Contact Us link on this website for address and other contact information. If you wish to make the complaint via telephone, please ask to be connected to the appropriate facility lieutenant for further assistance.

ESPANOL: Si usted desea presentar una queja a una tercera persona de abuso sexual / acoso en nombre de un recluso, puede hacerlo a través del correo electrónico, en persona, por teléfono, de forma anónima, o por correo. Si usted desea hacer la denuncia a través del teléfono, por favor pida ser conectado a un teniente de la instalación adecuada para obtener más ayuda.

We will investigate all complaints to the best of our ability. Routine investigations are generally completed within 30 days, however, based on extenuating circumstances, an investigation may take longer. You will be notified of the results of the investigation.


The DCSO strives to protect inmates from sexual abuselharassment, and provides guidelines for inmates and staff to ensure such incidents are reported, investigated, and addressed. This policy complies with the provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

The DCSO has a zero tolerance policy toward sexual abuse/harassment. (PREA 115.11a)

Click here to view the complete DCSO PREA policy

2014 Survey on Sexual Violence

Below are the results of the 2014 Survey on Sexual Violence. Click here to read the 2014 PREA Annual Report. For archived reports, visit the About Us page.

IOISH - Inmate on Inmate Sexual Harassment (AKA Inmate Sexual Harassment)

5 Unfounded
13 Not Sustained
19 Sustained

IOISC - Inmate on Inmate Sexual Contact (AKA Abusive Sexual Content)

10 Unfounded
6 Not Sustained
2 Sustained

IOISP Inmate on Inmate Sexual Penetration (AKA Nonconsensual Sexual Act)

7 Unfounded
2Not Sustained
0 Sustained

SOISP Staff on Inmate Sexual Penetration (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct)

2 Unfounded
1 Not Sustained
0 Sustained

SOISC Staff on Inmate Sexual Contact (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct)

3 Unfounded
0 Not Sustained
0 Sustained

SOIV Staff on Inmate Voyeurism (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct)

5 Unfounded
0 Not Sustained
0 Sustained

SOIIE Staff on Inmate Indecent Exposure (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct)

0 Unfounded
0 Not Sustained
0 Sustained

SOISH Staff on Inmate Sexual Harassment (AKA Staff Sexual Harassment)

4 Unfounded
2 Not Sustained
0 Sustained

View a graphic of the survey results

Graphical representation of data listed above