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PREA Compliance

The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) has a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assault and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, private facilities, juvenile facilities and community correctional settings. These facilities are now required to be in compliance with PREA standards, which were issued by the Department of Justice in 2012.

Per our policy, if any employee discovers that a youth in JJC custody has been sexually abused or harassed or is at substantial imminent risk of sexual abuse, immediate action must be taken to protect him or her. It is also our policy to provide victims of sexual abuse with the same services that victims of sexual abuse would have access to in the community, unless a specific security concern dictates otherwise. To aid youth who may have experienced trauma, we have contracted with the Community Crisis Center to provide counseling and legal advocacy. We also contract with Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital/ SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse to conduct medical exams if necessary.

PREA Mission Statement:

Our mission is to achieve compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) by developing guidelines and policies for preventing, detecting, monitoring and eradicating all sexual abuse and harassment within the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.

PREA Coordinator

Amy Sierra
Assistant Superintendent/PREA Coordinator
SierraAmy@16thCircuit.IllinoisCourts.gov​

Kane County Juvenile Justice Center
37W655 IL. RT. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175
630-406-7465

PREA Annual Report 2022

​PREA Audit 2020​

PREA Staffing Plan 2022​​​

Investigative Procedure:

All allegations of sexual abuse will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and objectively. The JJC refers allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault to the Kane County Sheriff's Office for criminal investigation. Every employee of the JJC will accept reports of sexual abuse and harassment directly from residents. We will also accept reports from outside the JJC from discharged residents or third parties, including family members, friends, and attorneys, etc. The JJC completes administrative investigations internally.

Third-Party Reporting

  • Kane County JJC PREA Coordinator at 630-406-7465
  • Kane County Sheriff's Office at 630-232-6840
  • Community Crisis Center hotline: 847-687-2380
  • DCFS Child Abuse and Neglect hotline: 800-252-2873

PREA Third Party Grievance Reporting Form

PREA Third Party Grievance Reporting Form Spanish (Formulario de Quejas de Terceras Personas de PREA)​​

More information about the PREA standards can be found on the website of the PREA Resource Center at www.PREAResourcecenter.org


Victim Advocacy and Support Services

The JJC contracts with the Community Crisis Center (CCC) to assist victims. The CCC is located at 27 S. Geneva Street in Elgin, IL. To receive assistance, you may contact CCC at 1-847-687-2380.