State of Maine Prison Rape Elimination Act

Sexual Misconduct and Prison Rape Elimination Act Reporting Line 1-855-279-4763

The Maine Department of Corrections has zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment in any of its facilities.

All allegations of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment will be referred for investigation to an agency with the legal authority to conduct criminal investigation, unless the allegation does not involve potentially criminal behavior.

In accordance with the United States Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), 42 U.S.C. Sections 15601 et seq., and 17-A M.R.S.A Sections 253, 255-A, 260, and 760, it is the policy of the Maine Department of Corrections to prohibit staff, which includes Department employees and persons providing services by agreement with or under contract with the Department, and volunteers from engaging in sexual misconduct with a client or sexual harassment of a client.

It is also the policy of the Maine Department of Corrections to require the reporting of any sexual misconduct or sexual harassment or suspicion of either.  Any staff or volunteer who engages in or threatens to engage in, fails to report, or otherwise fails to take appropriate steps in response to sexual misconduct with a client or sexual harassment of a client is subject to appropriate action, up to possible criminal prosecution.

It is also the policy of the Maine Department of Corrections to prohibit any prisoner or
resident from engaging in sexual misconduct with another prisoner or resident. 

Any prisoner or resident who engages in sexual misconduct with another prisoner or resident is subject to disciplinary action and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Any staff or volunteer who fails to report, or otherwise fails to take appropriate steps in response to sexual misconduct between prisoners or residents, is subject to appropriate action, up to possible criminal prosecution.

Maine State of Corrections Sexual Misconduct Policy (placeholder, pending update)

2014 Annual Report on Sexual Misconduct (placeholder, pending update)