The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office supports the National Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and is committed to the prevention and elimination of sexual abuse perpetrated against inmates.

Any person who wishes to report such an act may contact the BCSO Special Investigations Unit at:

508.995.9609

or by writing to:

BCSO Special Investigations Unit, 400 Faunce Corner Road, North Dartmouth MA 02747

All allegations of inmate sexual abuse or sexual harassment shall be investigated, including anonymous reports.

 

 


 
 

Annual PREA Report for Corrective Action                                                             January 1 2014 to Decemebr 31, 2014

Pursuant to National PREA Standard 115.88, the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office is providing to the public a copy its annual review of PREA investigations, operational challenges relative to PREA and corrective actions taken to prevent, detect and respond to inmate sexual abuse and sexual harassment within its correctional facilities.

Within the past 12 months, the following has occurred:

  1. The average number of inmates within the Bristol County correctional facilities is ___1276 which is a decrease from May 2013 to May 2014, when the average number of inmates was _1333__. All inmates receive information regarding PREA during orientation and throughout their incarceration.

 

  1. The number of total PREA related incidents reported within the Bristol County correctional facilities is _22___. This is the same as  January 2013 to December 2013, where _22___ total PREA related incidents were report.
  1. From January 2014 to December 2014, there were __4_ unsubstantiated PREA reports, _10_ substantiated reports and __7__ reports proved to be unfounded. _9__ involved male victims and __13_ involved female victims.

 

  1. There were __1___ staff-on-inmate allegations investigated and _0___ were substantiated, __0__ unsubstantiated and __1__ unfounded.

 

  1. Within the past 12 months, ___1___ allegations were proved to be substantiated cases of sexual abuse and _2_ were proved to be substantiated cases of sexual harassment. As a result of these investigations, all inmate predators found guilty of sexual abuse and/or harassment were appropriately disciplined. Since May 2014, there have not been any sexual abuse cases which resulted in criminal prosecution.  

All reported incidents of inmate sexual abuse or sexual harassment occurred on the grounds of either the Dartmouth Correctional Complex or the Ash Street Jail. In each case, staff responded to each allegation promptly notifying appropriate security managers. PREA investigators, the PREA Coordinator and health care practitioners were also notified of these incidents, once reported. Sheriff’s Office employees, contractors and volunteers are trained in the Sheriff’s Office “zero tolerance” standard relative to inmate sexual abuse and harassment, as well as reporting protocols.

All allegations of inmate sexual abuse or sexual harassment, including third-party and anonymous reports, are investigated by Sheriff’s Office investigators who have received specialized training to invest PREA allegations.

To prevent possible retaliation, PREA investigators monitor alleged victims of sexual abuse for a period of 90 days. There were no cases of retaliation identified within the past 12 months.   

A PREA Review Committee, which meets monthly, examines each completed PREA investigation to determine whether or not changes to existing policy, practice and staffing levels are necessary, as well as improvements to monitoring technology.

The Dartmouth Correctional Complex is scheduled to undergo an inspection by a PREA auditor in June, 2015. The audit will determine compliance relative to the National PREA standards.      
 
End of Report

 
 

 

 

PREA Statistics for BCSO Annual Report

2013

2014

2015

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Total Number of Admissions

 

 

 

2.

Average daily population for year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inmate –on-Inmate Sexual Victimization

 

 

 

1.

From 1/1 to 12/31, how many allegations of inmate on inmate sexual acts were reported?

5

13

 

2.

How many were substantiated?

0

7

 

3.

Unsubstantiated?

2

2

 

4.

Unfounded?

3

4

 

5.

Ongoing?

0

0

 

6.

From 1/1 to 12/31, how many allegations of inmate on inmate sexual abuse were reported?

6

3

 

7.

How many were substantiated?

1

0

 

8.

Unsubstantiated?

2

1

 

9.

Unfounded?

3

1

 

10.

Ongoing?

0

1

 

11.

From 1/1 to 12/31, how many allegations of inmate on inmate sexual harassment were reported?

10

5

 

12.

How many were substantiated?

5

3

 

13.

Substantiated?

3

1

 

14.

Unfounded?

2

1

 

15.

Ongoing?

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff-on-Inmate Abuse

 

 

 

1.

From 1/1 to 12/31, how many allegations of staff sexual misconducted were reported?

0

1

 

2.

How many substantiated?

0

0

 

3.

Unsubstantiated?

0

0

 

4.

Unfounded?

0

1

 

5,

Ongoing?

0

0

 

6.

From 1/1 to 12/31, how many allegations of staff on inmate sexual harassment were reported?

1

0

 

7.

How many were substantiated?

0

0

 

8.

Unsubstantiated?

1

0

 

9.

Unfounded?

0

0

 

10.

Ongoing?

0

0

 

11.

From 1/1 to 12/31, how many allegations of staff on inmate sexual abuse were reported?

0

0

 

12.

How many substantiated?

0

0

 

13.

Unsubstantiated?

0

0

 

14.

Unfounded?

0

0

 

15.

Ongoing?

0

0

 

16.

Total number of substantiated incidents?

8

10

 

17.

Total number of PREA incidents?

22

22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 

 

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