PREA: Prison Rape Elimination Act

PREA: Prison Rape Elimination Act

It is the policy of the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office to develop a written plan to coordinate actions taken in response to an alleged incident of sexual abuse.  The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office has a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment by staff and/or inmates.  This policy outlines the Sheriff’s Office approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct.

1.   Lucas County Sheriff’s Office inmates can privately report sexual abuse, sexual harassment, retaliation by other inmates and/or                   staff and staff neglect by using the following:
          A.   Grievance Forms
          B.   Verbal Reporting
          C.   Sexual Abuse Hotline
          D.   Third-party reporting, rape crisis centers, family and friends

2.   Lucas County Sheriff’s Office staff can privately report sexual abuse and sexual harassment of inmates to their Supervisor or any               other facility Supervisor or by using the Sexual Abuse Hotline.
3.   Any verbal reports will be immediately documented by the staff member receiving the information and forwarded to a Supervisor.
4.   Inmates will be provided access to an outside advocacy group through the use of a mailing address and hotline number for                         outside emotional support services related to sexual abuse.

If you are a family member, friend, legal counsel, or anyone else outside the facility, you can report on behalf of the inmate by calling the YMCA Rape Crisis Center at 1-866-557-7273 or writing to their address at 1018 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604.  Your report can remain anonymous upon request.

Once the Lucas County Sheriff’s office has been notified of a sexual abuse/sexual harassment allegation, our facility will do the following:
     •   The reports from the initial responder will be reviewed and turned over to the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office detectives for                             investigation.
     •   All allegations of sexual abuse will be criminally investigated.  
     •   The PREA compliance officer will meet with the inmate who alleged sexual abuse to inform him/her of the outcome of the                            investigation (Substantiated, Unsubstantiated or Unfounded) and a Notification form will be signed by both the inmate and the                      PREA Compliance officer stating the findings of the investigation.
     •   A review will be conducted after 30 days of initial investigation by a Review Board to review the investigation findings so as to                      gather information as to any red flags or policy changes that may need to be made to our policy and procedures.
     •   If the alleged abuser is an employee, contractor or visitor, the employee, contractor or visitor will be isolated from that individual                  and the Shift Commander will be notified.