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PRISON RAPE ELIMINATION ACT (PREA)

The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has a zero tolerance for any incident of sexual assault or sexual misconduct between agency employees, contract employees, volunteers and persons in custody.

PREA was established in 2003 to address the problem of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of persons in the custody of U.S. correctional agencies. Major provisions of PREA include the development of standards for detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of prison/jail rapes. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office continues to enforce Zero Tolerance on all issues pertaining to sexual abuse and sexual harassment involving inmates and is working continuously to implement new policies, training requirements for staff and inmates, and developing standards for detection, prevention, reduction and punishment of sexual assault.

PREA Standard 115.88 (c)

The agency’s report shall be approved by the agency head and made readily available to the public through its website or, if it does not have one, through other means.

PREA ACTIVITY REPORT  2016

Review data collected and aggregated in order to assess and improve the effectiveness of our sexual abuse prevention, detection, and response policies, practices, and training, including by:

  1. Identifying problem areas
  2. Taking corrective action on an ongoing basis
  3. Preparing an annual report of findings and corrective actions for the facility.

Analysis: Policy updates have not been completed on ADC policies annually as per PREA standards.

Corrective Action: All ADC policies are in the process of being updated.

Analysis: Training on who is to investigate a PREA incident once it has been reported.

Corrective Action:  Investigative protocol put onto PowerDMS for training purposes.

Analysis:  Training needed for the actions to be taken when a PREA incident is reported.

Corrective Action: Training material put onto Power DMS for agency wide training on the actions to be taken if an incident is reported. The training included how an incident can be reported, who can report an incident, to whom an alleged incident can be reported, and official response following a report and the investigation process.

2016 Reported PREA Incidents

Inmate-to-Inmate Sexual Abuse

The Cherokee County ADC received 1 report of possible PREA incidents involving inmates.

Substantiated Reports: 0

Unsubstantiated Reports: 0

Unfounded reports: 1

One reported PREA inmate to inmate event occurred within the year of 2016 at our facility. The report was unfounded, which means the allegation was investigated and determined not to have occurred.

Staff-to-Inmate Sexual Abuse

The Cherokee County ADC received 5 reports of possible PREA incidents involving staff, contracted employees and volunteers with inmates.

Substantiated Reports: 0

Unsubstantiated Reports: 1

Unfounded Reports: 4

Four reported PREA staff to inmate event’s occurred within the year of 2016 at our facility.

One was unsubstantiated, which means the allegation was investigated, but there was not enough evidence to determine whether or not the event occurred.

Four were unfounded, which means the allegation was investigated and determined not to have occurred.

REPORTING A PREA INCIDENT

If you or someone who you know have experienced sexual assault in our facility or elsewhere, GET HELP. You can contact the PREA Coordinator for the Cherokee County ADC by phone at 678-493-4239, and by email at sdvasquez@cherokeega.com. You can report information anonymously if you wish. If you would rather contact a crisis center, information is listed below. Our facility has a strict no tolerance policy for sexual assault and harassment.

The rape crisis and sexual assault centers around Georgia provide all or some of the following services for victims of rape and child sexual abuse and their families:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline
  • 24-hour medical accompaniment
  • Accompaniment to police interviews
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Courtroom accompaniment
  • Professional counseling for survivors, family, and friends
  • Support group for rape survivors
  • Referrals to counseling and other services
  • Self-defense classes
  • Community education and prevention programs

To find the Rape Crisis Center nearest you, check out our map or listing by county, or call 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673).

liveSAFE Resources

48 Henderson St SW

Marietta, GA 30064

Hotline Phone: 770-427-3390

Business Phone: 770-427-2902

National Sexual Abuse Hotline

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

 

 

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