Prison Rape Elimination Act
Standard 115.22 – Policies to ensure referrals of allegations for investigations
PREA stands for Prison Rape Elimination Act. It is the Woodford County Detention Center’s duty to serve and protect the inmate’s well-being while they’re housed at the detention center. Inmates have the right to be free from any sexual harassment, sexual abuse or sexual misconduct from inmates as well as staff members. The detention center will not tolerate such conduct.
If any allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct are brought to our attention, an Administration investigation will be conducted by the Jailer, Chief Deputy and the appointed PREA officers. If the allegations deem serious on a criminal level, Versailles Police department will be contacted immediately in reference to the alleged allegations.
When a criminal case is turned over to the local police department it’s their responsibility to complete a follow up investigative interview with the suspect and victim.
Section 115.11 of the National PREA Standards implements a “Zero Tolerance of sexual abuse and sexual harassment” within a correctional facility. Regarding the “Zero Tolerance standard,” the Woodford County Detention Center has developed a policy to deter and maintain any form of misconduct between staff and inmate, or inmate to inmate misconduct.
As a facility, it is our responsibility to serve and protect the well-being of each individual while in our custody. WCDC does not condone nor tolerate any type of sexual assault, sexual exploitation, sexual misconduct, sexual abuse or sexual harassment toward an inmate or staff member.
If you, or if you know of any persons, who has or who is currently a victim of sexual misconduct, please notify an on duty officer. The PREA hotline is also available at 1-800-700-7732 or dial 777 for the victim crisis center. Our facility also has a PREA tab on our Grievance Tracker where any allegations of abuse can be reported.
Note: any false accusations will not be tolerated