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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.

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 abuse / harassment, 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)

View the complete DCSO PREA policy

Update: A recent DOJ audit has found the DCSO's PREA program to be compliant with federal standards. Read the full audit report.

2016 PREA Annual Report

The 2016 PREA Annual Report has been published.

2015 PREA Annual Report

The 2015 PREA Annual Report has been published.

2014 Survey on Sexual Violence

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

Allegations by type and number of cases by category
Allegation Unfounded Not Sustained Sustained Total
IOISH - Inmate on Inmate Sexual Harassment (AKA Inmate Sexual Harassment) 5 13 19 37
IOISC - Inmate on Inmate Sexual Contact (AKA Abusive Sexual Content) 10 6 2 18
IOISP Inmate on Inmate Sexual Penetration (AKA Nonconsensual Sexual Act) 7 2 0 9
SOISP Staff on Inmate Sexual Penetration (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct) 2 1 0 3
SOISC Staff on Inmate Sexual Contact (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct) 3 0 0 3
SOIV Staff on Inmate Voyeurism (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct) 5 0 0 5
SOIIE Staff on Inmate Indecent Exposure (AKA Staff Sexual Misconduct) 0 0 0 0
SOISH Staff on Inmate Sexual Harassment (AKA Staff Sexual Harassment) 4 2 0 6

View a graphic of the survey results

PREA stats at CCA-MDF from 2013-2014 in PDF format.