Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Williams County Corrections Center (WCCC) is committed to implementing the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Standards regarding the prevention, detection, and coordinated response to sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment in correctional facilities.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, was signed into law by President Bush on September 4, 2003. The final standards to implement PREA went in to effect on August 20, 2012.

If you have knowledge about an inmate who may have experienced sexual abuse, or sexual harassment at any time while incarcerated at WCCC, please make a third-party report. Simply write, call, or fax the WCCC Assistant Jail Administrator or PREA Coordinator at the address/phone/fax number listed below. You may assist a WCCC inmate in filing a grievance regarding sexual abuse, and sexual harassment upon the inmate’s request. Third-party reports may also be made to the Williams County Sheriff’s Office at 701-577-7700.

Assistant Jail Administrator PREA Coordinator
223 E. Broadway, Suite 302
Williston, ND 58801
701-577-4588 (fax)
223 E. Broadway, Suite 302
Williston, ND 58801
701-577-4588 (fax)

Inmates are encouraged to verbally report to correction officers, medical or mental health staff, WCCC administration, probation officers, volunteers, attorneys, counselors, case managers, family and friends.

Inmates may also make a report by writing memos and may assist each other in filing grievances including emergency grievances. Emergency intercoms are also available in each inmate housing unit and cell.

A report regarding sexual abuse, or sexual harassment may be made at any time, while in custody, or after release; however, inmates may be held accountable for false reports.

Every reported incident of sexual abuse, or sexual harassment will be aggressively investigated either criminally by the Williams County Sheriff’s Office, or administratively by qualified, trained PREA investigators.

Employees, volunteers, contractors, and inmates will all be held accountable to established PREA standards, and are provided training and information regarding their rights and responsibilities under this law.

All sexual and romantic activity between staff, volunteers, contractors, and inmates is prohibited, and against the law. Consensual sexual activity between inmates is prohibited, and is a serious facility violation.

No matter why an individual is incarcerated, sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment are NEVER PART OF THE PENALTY! If an inmate is sexually abused while incarcerated at WCCC, they have a right to medical and mental health care related to the abuse at no cost to them.

WCCC maintains a ZERO TOLERANCE culture regarding sexual abuse, and sexual harassment. One instance is one too many!

Annual statistical and comparative reports including PREA definitions regarding PREA allegations, and subsequent PREA investigations can be found in the Documents and Links section.

For further information regarding the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), refer to the National PREA Resource Center, at

Verlan Kvande   - Sheriff

Williams County Correctional Center
223 East Broadway, Suite 302
Williston, North Dakota 58801

701-577-4588 (fax)

206 East Broadway
Williston, ND 58801

Mailing Address:
PO Box 2047
Williston, ND 58802-2047


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