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 2016 to December 31, 2016

 

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 ___1294 which is an increase from January 2015 to December 2015, when the average number of inmates was _1179__. 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 _20___. Which is a decrease from January 2015 to December 2015, where _21__ total PREA related incidents were reported.
  1. From January 2016 to December 2016, there were _2__ unsubstantiated PREA reports, _8_ substantiated reports and __10__ reports proved to be unfounded. _16__ involved male victims and __4_ involved female victims.

 

  1. There were __3___ staff-on-inmate allegations investigated and _2__ were substantiated, __0__ unsubstantiated and __1__ unfounded.

 

  1. Within the past 12 months, ___2___ allegations were proved to be substantiated cases of sexual abuse and _3_ 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.

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 underwent a PREA Audit in June of 2015 and was found to be compliant for all Federal PREA Standards.   

   
 
End of Report

 
 

 

 

PREA Statistics for BCSO Annual Report

2014

2015

2016

 

 

 

 

 

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?

13

8

7

2.

How many were substantiated?

7

0

2

3.

Unsubstantiated?

2

1

0

4.

Unfounded?

4

7

5

5.

Ongoing?

0

0

0

6.

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

3

2

7

7.

How many were substantiated?

0

1

1

8.

Unsubstantiated?

1

0

2

9.

Unfounded?

1

1

4

10.

Ongoing?

1

0

0

11.

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

5

11

3

12.

How many were substantiated?

3

2

3

13.

Substantiated?

1

0

0

14.

Unfounded?

1

9

0

15.

Ongoing?

0

 

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff-on-Inmate Abuse

 

0

 

1.

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

1

0

3

2.

How many substantiated?

0

0

2

3.

Unsubstantiated?

0

0

0

4.

Unfounded?

1

0

1

5,

Ongoing?

0

0

0

6.

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

0

0

0

7.

How many were substantiated?

0

0

0

8.

Unsubstantiated?

0

0

0

9.

Unfounded?

0

0

0

10.

Ongoing?

0

0

0

11.

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

0

0

0

12.

How many substantiated?

0

0

0

13.

Unsubstantiated?

0

0

0

14.

Unfounded?

0

0

0

15.

Ongoing?

0

0

0

16.

Total number of substantiated incidents?

10

3

                       8

17.

Total number of PREA incidents?

22

21

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 

 

Bristol County Sheriff's Office Address: 400 Faunce Corner Road, Dartmouth, MA 02747 Phone: 508.995.6400 Web: www.bcso-ma.us