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The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. In order to promote a safe and humane setting for the confinement of pre-trial detainees as well as convicted offenders, the Franklin County Jail maintains a “zero tolerance policy” regarding the sexual abuse of inmates, staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, and inmate-on-inmate sexual misconduct.  The Franklin County Jail maintains a program of prevention, detection, response, investigation and tracking.  Sexual assault among inmates and staff sexual misconduct towards inmates is strictly prohibited and subject to administrative and criminal disciplinary sanctions.  All allegations, regardless of source will be investigated.  Staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct will be governed by the Code of Virginia §18.2-64.2, which includes contract and volunteer personnel.  The appropriate sections of the Code of Virginia will govern inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse based upon the advice of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the investigating police authority.

Sexual misconduct is illegal and will not be tolerated in any manner at the Franklin County Jail. Sexual misconduct includes: inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse, assault, or consensual sexual activity, and staff-on-inmate sexual abuse, assault or consensual sexual activity. Sexual misconduct also includes any solicitation of sexual activity. All allegations are fully investigated and substantiated incidents are reported to the local police for further investigation and referral for prosecution if warranted.  

Sexual abuse can be reported to ANY staff member at any time, either verbally or in writing.  The staff will take actions to protect inmates from the assailant and refer them to medical for further treatment and counseling.  2016 PREA Audit Report

The following resource is available for reporting and/or counseling for victims of sexual abuse: Southside Survivor Response Center (SSRC): 1-877-934-3576

If you wish to report information that an inmate at the Franklin County Jail has been the victim of sexual abuse by another inmate, or have information about employee sexual misconduct with regard to an inmate, please contact one of the following, either in writing or by phone:

Investigations, Office of the Sheriff, County of Franklin
70 East Court Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
(540) 483-3000
Franklin County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
275 S. Main Street #33, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
(540) 483-3092

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SHERIFF OVERTON SPEAKS ON SEAT BELTS

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FCSO ANNOUNCES CITIZEN'S ACADEMY 2018

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The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office begins on Tuesday, August 14th and runs for 12 weeks. Held on consecutive Tuesday nights, starting after day time work hours, it allows the residents of Franklin County an in-depth look inside their sheriff's office. "Students" will learn, weekly, about every facet of what our office does on a day-to-day basis.  Portions of the academy will be classroom and segments will allow attendees to have a "hands on" experience to various elements of the job of a deputy sheriff. For more information or to receive a flyer contact Training Office, Sgt. Darryl King at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 540-483-6850

 

 

 

 

 

DEPUTIES CONDUCT ANOTHER DRUG INTERDICTION

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June 13th, The Franklin County Sheriff's Office conducted another drug interdiction event in several areas of the county. Interdiction information can be viewed by clicking:
www.http://franklincountysheriffsoffice.org/Drug_Interdiction_6-13-18_9fa8e.pdf

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON WARNS OF NEW SCAM ATTEMPT

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Thursday, June 7th, Sheriff Bill Overton warned Franklin County residents of a new scam attempt our office is hearing about. Scammers are calling and pretending to be from Publisher's Clearing House, claiming you have won millions of dollars. Then, you are asked to purchase redeemable cards. The perpetrators are wanting these cards to be as high as $1,500.00. You are given a number to call where, supposedly, you will be told where to mail these money cards. Be wise, don't be the next victim of scammers! On this website, see "View All Flyers Here". Scroll down to "Scammers" and see more information about this type crime.

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON ANNOUCES CITIZENS ACADEMY 2108

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Sheriff Bill Overton announces the 2018 Citizen's Academy, offering this training FREE to the public. There is an application procedure. Classes begin on August 14th and end on October 30 and all classes are on Tuesdays (once a week). In the "View All Flyers", above, you will see the application. If interested, please fill out the back section and email, postal mail or bring by the Sheriff's Office. These classes are fantastic and you are guaranteed to learn things about the Office of the Sheriff you never knew. Plus, all graduates are allowed to apply for our COPS program, where you can volunteer some time to be very involved in our office. Class has a limited, so get you application in soon. Contact Sgt. Darryl King if you have questions, call 540-483-6850.

 

 

 

 

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