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Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

 
What is PREA?
 
Signed on September 4, 2003 by President George W. Bush, Public Law 108-79, The Prison Rape Elimination Act was the first ever federal legislation addressing the issue of sexual assault in correction settings. This act requires agencies to comply with the national standards proposed by the Prison Rape Elimination Commission and approved by the Attorney General to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. In the development of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, Congress found that “prison rape endangers the public safety by making brutalized inmates more likely to commit crimes when they are released.” (PREA 2003). In addition, offenders may find themselves vulnerable to sexual abuse by fellow offenders or by detention staff while under their supervision. Therefore, the corrections field has a responsibility to step up their efforts to address corrections-based sexual assault.
 
Fundamental to an agency’s success will be its commitment to zero tolerance of sexual abuse – a recognition that sexual abuse in confinement facilities is unacceptable under any circumstances and as dangerous a threat to institutional security as an escape or homicide.
 
The Glades County Sheriff’s Office is committed to a zero-tolerance standard for sexual misconduct and sexual assault. Agencies must demonstrate zero-tolerance not merely by words and written policy but through their actions, including what they do to prevent sexual abuse and their response when it occurs.
 
The Glades County Sheriff’s Office will establish zero tolerance through: Prevention, Intervention, Reporting, Treatment, and Investigation.
 
You can learn more about PREA at the web sites for the National Prison Rape Elimination
Commission and the National Institute of Corrections.
 
 
 
PREA Reports and Statistics
 
The Glades County Sheriff’s Office’s PREA policy
  1. The agency will comply with the provisions of the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
  2. A zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse/harassment
  3. That if an incident of sexual abuse occurs in the facility and the abuser’s behavior has the potential to be determined as criminal, the investigation will be referred to the State Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
 
Glades County Sheriff’s Office PREA Policy
Completed PREA Audit: March 10th, 2016
Corrective Action Plans: None to date.
Annual PREA Report
Report of aggregated sexual abuse: None to date.
 
 
 
PREA Reporting 
 
If you or someone that you know were the victim of a sexual assault while in the custody the Glades County Sheriff’s Office, we urge you to report the incident. Any allegation of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct will be investigated to the fullest extent whether administratively or criminally.  If you wish to file a third-party complaint of sexual abuse, retaliation, or harassment on behalf of an inmate, you may do so in person, by telephone, anonymously, or by mail by contacting: 
 
Glades County Sheriff’s Office
Director of Detention Operations
1927 E. SR. 78 
P.O. Box # 39
Moore Haven, Florida 33471
(863)-946-1600
 
 
If the report involves a federal inmate/detainee, you may also contact:
 
Office of Inspector General
U.S Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Room 4706
Washington, D.C. 20530
(800) 869-4499
 
Or
 
Office of Inspector General
U.S Department of Justice
P.O. Box # 27606
Washington, D.C. 20530
(800) 323-8603

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