What is PREA?

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was passed in 2003 with unanimous support from both parties in Congress. The purpose of the act was to "provide for the analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape in Federal, State, and local institutions and to provide information, resources, and recommendations and funding to protect individuals from prison rape." (Prison Rape Elimination Act, 2003). In addition to creating a mandate for significant research from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and through the National Institute of Justice, funding through the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Corrections supported major efforts in many state correctional, juvenile detention, community corrections, and jail systems.

PREA and Four Oaks

Four Oaks programs have a zero-tolerance policy relating to sexual assault/rape of a student and will cooperate in the investigation and prosecution of anyone involved in the sexual assault/rape of a student at any of our facilities. The primary responsibility of a Four Oaks employees is safety.

Each Four Oaks PREA program designates a PREA Compliance Officer with sufficient time and authority to develop, implement, and oversee agency efforts to comply with the PREA standards. Four Oaks also has a PREA Coordinator company wide.

Four Oaks PREA programs investigate each incident of alleged or reported sexual abuse or sexual assault/rape to the fullest extent possible in cooperation with the State.

Four Oaks Policies and Procedures

2016 Four Oaks PREA Audit Report

2016 Four Oaks PREA Annual Report

2017 Four Oaks PREA Annual Report

2018 Four Oaks PREA Annual Report

2020 Four Oaks PREA Annual Report

How to report

Family, friends and community advocates can report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation by contacting:

Quality Department of Four Oaks at

If you are seeking crisis support here is a resource you can connect with:

On-line chats available at

PREA Resources