Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)


The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, called for national standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse and sexual harassment in confinement settings. The national PREA standards, released by the U.S. Department of Justice in May 2012, lay out steps for correction officials to protect the people in their custody and end sexual abuse and sexual harassment.


Zero Tolerance


It is the policy of West Central Community Correctional Facility to provide a safe, humane, and appropriately secure environment, free from the threat of sexual misconduct for all residents by maintaining a program of prevention, detection, response, investigation, and tracking. Residents have the right to be free from sexual misconduct from staff, other residents, volunteers and vendors. Residents and family members are encouraged to report allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.


Reporting


Incidents or suspicions of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation can be reported by residents:

  • Verbally to ANY STAFF MEMBER
  • In writing to ANY STAFF MEMBER
  • Outside Agency Hot Line 1 (614) 728-3399

Family and friends can report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation on behalf of a resident by:

  • Calling (937) 644-2838 ext. 404
  • E-mailing prea@wcccf.org
  • Outside Agency Hot Line 1 (614) 728-3399


All allegations of sexual misconduct and/or retaliation shall be criminally investigated by the Union County Sheriff's Department. There shall be no time limit on when a resident may report sexual misconduct.

West Central ensures that an administrative or criminal investigation is completed on all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment.

The concept of “Zero Tolerance” is at the foundation of the PREA standards and every step will be taken by West Central to uphold and to commit to this standard.



Documents


2014 PREA Report.pdf


2014 PREA Audit Report.pdf


2016 PREA Report.pdf