(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 or allegations of sexual assault. The claim or allegation does not have to come from the inmate; it may come from the members of the public. This would include; friends, family members, loved ones 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 using the following methods:

Inmate Reporting:
  • In person at both Correctional Facilities, either in writing or verbally to any Sheriff’s Office staff member.
  • Inmates can call the PREA hotline from any housing unit telephone by dialing, Dialing *91.
  • Phone call (anonymous if preferred) to Rape Trauma Services at (650) 692-7273
  • Writing a letter addressed to the Facility Captain or Watch Commander at Maguire Correctional Facility, or Maple Street Correctional Center. This letter can remain confidential if requested.
  • Inmates can fill out an inmate request form and reporting potential misconduct to the Service League of San Mateo County (SLSMC) form here.
Third Party Reporting:
  • In person at Maguire Correctional Facility or Maple Street Correctional Center to the Watch Commander.
  • Reporting it via email: Sheriffs_prea@smcgov.org
  • Phone call (anonymous if preferred) to San Mateo County Rape Trauma Services at (650) 692-7273
  • Phone call (anonymous if preferred) to Sheriff's Office PREA Hotline at (650) 599-3014
    *This is a message line where you can leave a message. When leaving a message, please include, at a minimum, the inmates name and housing unit to help us identify them. We want to ensure they are treated appropriately. You may remain anonymous or leave your name and phone number so someone can call you back.
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