Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Howard County Department of Corrections has a zero tolerance for sexual abuse.  No one has the right to pressure inmates to engage in sexual acts.  Inmates do not have to tolerate sexual assault or pressure to engage in unwanted sexual behavior.  The policies of the Department of Corrections follow the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) guidelines.

An inmate should report any incidents of sexual abuse to a staff member immediately.  A sexual assault hotline is also available to assist inmates who wish to report incidents of sexual abuse.  The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The hotline is operated by a victim advocacy organization that provides services to sexual assault victims.

The Howard County Police will investigate any allegations of sexual contact or assault involving staff or inmates at the Howard County Department of Corrections. Also, medical attention and counseling will be made available.

Any member of the public may also report any incidents to an HCDC staff member immediately, or may call directly to the outside victim advocacy organization which will follow-up.

Family/friends may call the Shift Leader on 410-313-5200 (press “0”)


Howard County Sexual Assault (Hopeworks)

24 hour hotline



NOTE: To read the results from Howard County Department of Corrections PREA Audit final report, please click here.