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Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, has a zero-tolerance for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assaults and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings.
- The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, has a zero-tolerance standard for incidence of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and also makes prevention of inmate sexual abuse a top priority. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office also extends this zero tolerance policy to include any personnel, volunteers, interns, or contract personnel, who may have contact with inmates and will thoroughly investigate and hold accountable person(s) who violate these policies and Ohio State laws.
- The Bureau of Justice Statistics carries out, annually, a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape.
- The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission has studied the impact of prison rape on Federal, State, and local governments and on communities and social institutions.Their recommended national standards for enhancing the detection, prevention,reduction, and punishment of prison rape have been submitted to the U.S. Attorney General.
New Laws Affecting - The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The final National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape (PREA standards) were signed by Attorney General Eric Holder on May 16, 2012 and released by the United States Department of Justice on May 17, 2012. They were published in the Federal Register on June 20, 2012.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, continues to work toward compliance with the 2003 federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission's ("NPREC") final standards for prevention, detection, response, and monitoring of sexual abuse in adult prisons passed on May 17, 2012.
State and local agencies have one year to come into compliance with the federal standards, or risk losing some federal funding. DOC has taken a proactive role in developing a statewide program and has actively participated in providing feedback on the national guidelines.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. It is the policy of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office to provide a safe, humane and appropriately secure environment, free from the threat of sexual abuse and sexual harassment for all inmates, by maintaining a program of prevention, detection, response, investigation and tracking. Any inmate who has been the victim of an act of sexual abuse or sexual harassment shall be monitored to prevent any further harm. Special attention will be paid to jail placement and a specific treatment plan will be developed for the victim of an act of sexual abuse.
Inmates who are a victim of sexual abuse and sexual harassment are encouraged to talk to any staff member immediately. This will allow for the quickest response. Inmates may also report through a written Inmate Request Form (Kite), through the inmate grievance procedure or contact the Rape Crisis Hotline at 216-619-6192. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Corrections, shall receive third-party or sexual harassment by contacting the Warden’s Office at 216-443- 6125, Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, otherwise call 216-443- 6155.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office collects accurate, uniform data on every allegation of sexual abuse, within the Cuyahoga County Jail, including every private facility with which it contracts for the confinement of it's inmates. The data collected is then forwarded to the United States Department of Justice on an annual basis. Click on the annual reports below: