(PREA) Report Sexual Misconduct

Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law established to address the elimination of sexual assault and rape in correctional systems. PREA applies to all federal, state and local prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities and community settings such as residential facilities. PREA gives correctional facilities standards to prevent, detect, monitor and respond to reported acts of sexual abuse of detained and incarcerated persons.

Zero-Tolerance for Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has a ZERO-tolerance policy towards the sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment of those in our custody. Those contracted, employed by, or volunteering for the Sheriff’s Office will adhere to this ZERO-tolerance policy. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will comply with PREA standards in their entirety and implement the appropriate procedures for prevention, intervention, and treatment for all victims of sexual abuse. PREA covers all types of sexual abuse and assault and all reports will be taken with the same level of seriousness and thoroughly investigated.

Maguire Correctional Facility
300 Bradford Street (View Map)
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-4000, ext. 6070 or 6071

Maple Street Correctional Center
1300 Maple Street (View Map)
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 599-3000

 

Reporting A Sexual Assault

All staff members have been trained on how to properly and professionally investigate and report claims and allegations of sexual abuse. The claim or allegation does not have to come from the inmate; it may come from the members of the public such as a friend, family member or loved one and can remain anonymous. If you know of an incident of sexual assault, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct of a person in custody, or if you wish to file a third-party complaint of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct on behalf of an inmate, you may report it to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office by using the following methods:

Inmate Reporting:
  • In person at either Maguire Correctional Facility or the Maple Street Correctional Center.  Reporting can be done verbally or in writing to any Sheriff’s Office staff member.
  • Inmates can call the PREA hotline from the housing unit phones by following the jail phone prompts to make a collect call. Once collect call is enable on the system, dial 555.
  • Phone call (anonymous if preferred) to San Mateo County Rape Trauma Services at (650) 692-7273
  • Writing a letter addressed to the Facility Captain or Watch Commander of either the Maguire Correctional Facility or the Maple Street Correctional Center. The letter can remain confidential if requested.
  • Inmates can report misconduct to a neutral third party through the Service League of San Mateo County (SLSMC) form here.
Third Party Reporting:
  • In person at the Maguire Correctional Facility
  • In person at the Maple Street Correctional Center
  • Phone call (anonymous if preferred) to San Mateo County Rape Trauma Services at (650) 692-7273
  • Phone call (anonymous if preferred) to PREA hotline at (650) 599-3014
    *This is a message line where you can leave a message detailing any concerns you have. When leaving a message, please include, at a minimum, the inmate's name and housing unit to help us identify them so we can ensure they are treated appropriately. You may remain anonymous or leave your name and phone number so someone can call you back.
  • An individual can report misconduct to a neutral third party through the Service League of San Mateo County (SLSMC) form here.
Complaint Against a Staff Member

To file a complaint against a staff member please contact Internal Affairs and complete form here.

Professional Standards Bureau
400 County Center (View Map)
Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-4395