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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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Message from the Sheriff



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Due to extremely high demand, our March CRASE Event is now FULL. We have created a another event for Thursday, April 12th, at the Franklin Center (50 Claiborne Ave, Rocky Mount, VA) from 6PM - 8PM. Sheriff Bill Overton is making this sessions FREE to the public, but you must pre-register. Pre-registration is done by calling the Franklin Center at 540-483-0179. This seminar attempts to help our residents in a course of action they would take if faced with an active shooter situation. REMEMBER: The March class is full, this new class is April 12th. To see the flyer, look on this page, above and to the left side bar. See "View All Flyers Here", click this link, click on "April 12, 2018 CRASE EVENT."






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Franklin County Sheriff's Office is encouraging all of our residents to Don't Drink and Drive. Sheriff Bill Overton said, "Safe driving, especially in today's world, takes all of our skills to be sharp and attentive. Remembering. alcohol is a drug and can impair our skills.  Our officers are looking for unsafe drivers and are intent on stopping those that exhibit impaired conditions. We certainly appreciate our residents when they see someone driving poorly, calling our 911 Dispatch Center and help us find these drivers. We are all in this together and I want everyone to return home safe to their families."






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The Virginia Sheriff's Institute Scholarship procedure is now open. Please note that the process for applying for the Virginia Sheriff's Institute scholarship is being conducted completely online this year. The deadline for application is May, 1, 2018. If you are interested in applying, you will need a letter of recommendation from Sheriff Overton. Please contact Captain Phillip Young at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, address and telephone number. You will be contacted by the Sheriff's Office to schedule an appointment with Sheriff Overton. The website for VSI will provide the application and answer all questions you may have. Here is the website:






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NRA Basic Pistol Training Course is being offered by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on March 17, 2018. Cost of class is $50 per person and is due DAY OF CLASS. Cost includes instruction, materials, range qualifications and certificate of completion. Each participant will receive a hardback copy of NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting to take home with them. If interested, scroll up, near the top LEFT of this page. See "View All Flyers Here". Click on that and see "NRA Basic Pistol Course". Click and print application flyer. Fill out completely and mail to: Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Attention Sgt. Darryl King, 70 East Court Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Seating is limited, sign up today.





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VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY HAS PLACED FRANKLIN COUNTY UNDER BURNING BAN. Until April 30th, our area is under a "Burning Ban" See our Home Page, under "View All Flyers Here" for more information.





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