The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement facilities. 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, contractor, volunteer or intern discovers that a youth in JJC custody has been sexually abused or sexually harassed or is at substantial imminent risk of sexual abuse, immediate action must be taken to protect the youth. 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. 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 to provide a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse to conduct forensic exams if recommended by medical personnel.
The JJC is committed to investigating every report of sexual abuse or sexual harassment that is received, and will conduct an internal administrative investigation of each report. For reports of behavior that may rise to the level of being a criminal offense, those reports of sexual abuse or sexual harassment will be referred to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit for criminal investigation. For more information, please read our PREA Investigation Policy contained in the link below.
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.
Assistant Superintendent/PREA Coordinator
Kane County Juvenile Justice Center
37W655 IL. RT. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175
PREA Annual Report 2022
PREA Audit 2020
PREA Audit 2023
PREA Staffing Plan 2022
PREA Investigation Policy
Find the PREA Investigation Policy here
- Kane County JJC PREA Coordinator at 630-406-7465 or SierraAmy@16thCircuit.IllinoisCourts.gov
- Family Service Association (FSA) at 847-695-3680
- Complete a Third-Party Grievance Reporting Form using the link below
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 of sexual abuse, regardless of when or where the abuse occurred. The CCC is located at 27 S. Geneva Street in Elgin, IL. To receive assistance, you may contact CCC at 1-847-687-2380.