Bethel Work Release Center
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Bethel Work Release Center has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct.

PREA Overview

The Bethel Work Release Center has a zero-tolerance policy for all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our facility, as required under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. We will enforce all federal, state and local laws pertaining to inmate sexual misconduct. All reports, including allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, will be fully investigated by the Duluth Police Department and the Bethel Work Release Center.

Under PREA, we have established uniform methods for prompt reporting and investigation of allegations of sex-related offenses or threats, identification of predators, protection of victims and prescribing sanctions for substantiated sexual offenses, as well as for false allegations. This standard is directed to all sexual acts, including resident to resident, resident to staff and staff to resident.

Residents who are currently or have been sexually assaulted are encouraged to talk to a staff member. This will allow for the quickest response.

If you suspect that a resident is the victim of sexual assault or harassment, you can report this in one of the following ways:
o Contact the Bethel Work Release Center during regular business hours at 218-740-3779 to make a report.
o Call the Bethel Work Release Center at 218-727-3828 and request to speak with a shift supervisor to make a report.
o Call a sexual assault advocate at the 24-hour crisis line, 218-726-1931 or 866-229-7425, with the option to remain anonymous.

Duluth Bethel Final PREA Audit Report, July 2016