Prison Rape Elimination Act - PREA

In accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA), the Richland County Jail will comply with standards to prevent, detect and respond to sexual abuse in its facility. The standards are in place to protect inmates. The jail has developed and maintains a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual abuse. There are multiple channels for inmates to report sexual abuse, including by contacting an outside entity, and allowing inmates to report abuse anonymously upon request. Inmates may call toll free the PREA Outline at 419-774-3300 and leave a voicemail to report sexual abuse. Also, the victim inmate or a third party inmate may report sexual assault directly to any staff member verbally or through written communication. All reports will be investigated immediately and the proper protocol followed. Instances of sexual abuse need to be reported immediately so that evidence, medical examinations and a thorough investigation can be conducted. This includes inmates who are being sexually abused by other inmates or staff. The Jail Administrator is the PREA point person to coordinate compliance efforts.