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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 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.

 

 

 

 

FCSO CONDUCTS DRUG INTERDICTION

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office conducted a drug interdiciton in several areas of our county recently. Arrests included DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of cociane, warrant service, possession with intent to distribute methamphetimine and many others. For more information, click on "View All Flyers" above and selected 051018 Drug Interdiction flyer. Thanks to all the men and women that participated in the interdiction and attempting to make our roadways more safe.

 

 

 

 

FCSO WARNS OF SECURITY SYSTEM SCAM

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May 8th - The Franklin County Sheriff's Office released a statement and memo pretaining to scams in our area. Sheriff Bill Overton released a memo and a 10 point statement concerning how to protect yourself from potential scammers. Scammers have attempted tax refund scams, lottery scams, bail money scams, utilities scams and many, many more. Go to the "View All Flyers" section of this website and click on "Scammers" OR visit our Facebook page (Standing Watch) to see the full press release. If it is too good to be true..............it probably is

 

 

 

 

MAY 19TH SET FOR NEXT NRA BASIC PISTOL COURSE

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Another NRA Pistol Course will be offered by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, May 19th. On this website, look above and find "View All Flyers Here". Clinck on 051918 NRA Pistol Course to see flyer. You will notice there is NO DATE on this flyer, but that is fine, just copy it and email to Sgt. Darryl King This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost of the course is $50 per person. Contact Sgt. King if you have any questions by using the mentioned email or calling him at 540-483-6850.

 

 

 

 

FCSO MESSAGE AS STORM APPROACHES

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The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for our area from around noon on Sunday, April 15th until midnight. A strong cold front is approaching our area from the west and will pass thur our region tonight. With the rain, there will also be high winds and powerful gusts. As with storms of this nature, there could be potential small stream flooding, flying debris and downed power lines. The Franklin County Sheriff's encourage everyone to stay off the roadways this afternoon and tonight. Stay in touch with your local weather media source.

 

 

 

 

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