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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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NATIONAL CAR SEAT SAFETY WEEK SEPTEMBER 17-23

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Today, Sheriff Bill Overton emphasized the week of September 17-23 is National Car Seat Safety Week. He went on to speak about transporting young ones in vehicles and how they may not understand the importance of seat belts and car seat restraints. "As the driver of the vehicle, you are responsible for the care of all those who ride with you", Sheriff Overton said, "make sure all are properly buckled in and are ready to ride."

According to #TweensBuckleUp, there are many areas of statistical data which shows how life saving seats belts have been. Please double check to make sure all your passengers are properly buckled up.

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON SAYS, "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE"

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Sheriff Bill Overton says, "Please don't drink and drive. Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Be alert to warning signs. I want each of you to arrive home safe to your families. Please click on this video link.

https://youtu.be/8ti9KPb3iw4

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON ISSUES A SPECIAL MESSAGE ON SCAM

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF. PLEASE CLICK ON LINK BELOW

https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-issues-urgent-warning-to-beware-irs-fbi-themed-ransomware-scam

 

 

 

 

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SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SHERIFF BILL OVERTON

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Sheriff Bill Overton spoke today about schools starting on Monday, August 14th, "Our schools will open on Monday and I am asking all residents to be vigilant and aware as school buses will, once again, be on our highways." Sheriff Overton stated, "Please be alert as the buses will be loading and unloading students, watch for increased vehicle traffic around our schools and be advised our deputies will be out in force monitoring the speed zones." The Office of the Sheriff wants everyone to arrive home safe to their families each day.

 

 

 

 

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