NORCOR mandates a zero tolerance for any incidence of sexual assault or attempted sexual assault of any adult in custody in NORCOR custody. All staff, volunteers, contractors and adults in custody must abide by this and related policies, laws, and standards that help prevent, detect, reduce, and punish adult in custody sexual assault.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was signed into law September 2003 by President George W. Bush. Its main purpose is to protect the Eighth Amendment rights of Federal, State and local prisoners. PREA makes the prevention of sexual assault of incarcerated persons a top priority with national standards for the detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of sexual misconduct and sexual assaults in prisons and jails. It also increases accountability for administrators who fail to prevent, reduce and punish such misconduct.
Any sexual and/or romantic activity between staff and adults in custody is prohibited and against the law. Sexual activity between adults in custody is also prohibited by NORCOR Policy and Procedure, adult in custody rules and may also be a crime.
There is no such thing as consensual sex in custody.
NORCOR will aggressively respond to and investigate any and all allegations of rape and/or sexual misconduct. NORCOR supports the prosecution of sexual misconduct and sexual assaults, in partnership with law enforcement and county prosecutors. NORCOR staff are required to report and respond to incidents of rape, sexual abuse or sexual misconduct.
Adults in custody are encouraged to speak with deputies, medical staff, mental health professionals, attorneys, program volunteers, family members, friends, or anyone who can assist them in putting a stop to any and all sexual misconduct or abuse. They can also write letters, leave notes, utilize the adult in custody request form, medical request form, leave phone messages on the PREA Hotline or file a grievance.
If you were sexually abused while in custody or know of someone that was sexually abused while in custody, you should report it immediately. Although reporting can be difficult to do, it will keep you and others safe from more harm. All information is confidential and will be subject to verification by investigators. Falsely reporting a sexual crime is itself a crime. If a false report is submitted by an adult in custody is a jail rule violation and the adult in custody will held accountable through misconduct proceedings.
You may file a complaint regarding rape and/or sexual misconduct that occurred while in NORCOR custody by calling this confidential number:
PREA Report Hotline by calling 541-506-2593
PREA Coordinator 541-506-3111
If you feel you may have an urgent crime to report call 911.
HAVEN - The Dalles - 541-296-1662
HELPING HANDS - Hood River - 541-386-4808
201 Webber Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
You can learn more about PREA at the Web sites for the National Institute of Corrections the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and National PREA Resource Center.