Rolette County Law Enforcement Center

Annual Prison Rape Elimination Act

(PREA) Report 2017

 

Submitted by: Kimberly M. Nadeau

Jail Administrator & PREA Coordinator

 

The Prison Rape Elimination act requires that the Rolette County Law Enforcement Center (RCLEC) prepare an annual report on the effectiveness of its efforts to reduce sexual abuse in Rolette County Jail. The following information details RCLEC’s compliance with the standards proscribed by the PREA Act. These standards are outlined in the U.S. Code of Federal

Regulations—28 C.F.R. Part 115.

 

In 2003 the Federal Government signed into law the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). This law established a set of standards designed to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment experienced by individuals incarcerated in correctional facilities in our nation.

 

As a grade 1 correctional facility in North Dakota, The RCLEC has adopted these standards in preventing, detecting, responding to, and eliminating acts of sexual abuse & sexual harassment in our facility. The RCLEC has zero-tolerance for any form of sexual abuse & sexual harassment.

The RCLEC and the Rolette County Sheriff’s Office (RCSO) investigate all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and provide inmates with numerous methods of reporting:

 

Verbally tell any staff member/contractor/volunteer

Write any staff member/volunteer/contractor

Have a third party make the report by contacting any RCLEC or RCSO staff member in writing or verbally

Contact a third party by writing or calling (inmates are provided this contact information)

Call the Rape Crisis line which is accessible by any inmate phone

 

Any allegations of sexual abuse will be referred to law enforcement for investigative purposes.

Any person found to engage in a criminal act will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Any staff member found to violate RCLEC’s policy regarding PREA will be subject to disciplinary sanctions up to and including termination from employment.

 

The RCLEC has taken a number of proactive steps to help ensure compliance with PREA standards.

 

Summary of Actions or Achievements

In early 2018, the Rolette County Jail completed its PREA Audit. In January 2018 we opened a new 48 bed facility.  We will look to have our 2nd PREA Audit at the end of 2020 or early 2021 and we continue to keep inmate’s safety from sexual    abuse/harassment a priority.

 

 

RCLEC PREA STATISTICAL DATA FOR 2017

 

§115.89 Data storage, publication and destruction

 

Inmate-on-Inmate Sexual Harassment Allegations

 

Substantiated Allegations                              0

Unsubstantiated Allegations                         0

Unfounded Allegations                                  0

On-going Investigations                                 0

 

Inmate-on-Inmate Sexual Abuse Allegations

Reported Allegations n=2

Substantiated Allegations                              0

Unsubstantiated Allegations                         0

Unfounded Allegations                                  0

On-going Investigations                                 0

 

Staff/Volunteer/Contractor-on-Inmate Sexual Harassment Allegations

Reported Allegations n=0

Substantiated Allegations                              0

Unsubstantiated Allegations                         1

Unfounded Allegations                                  1

On-going Investigations                                 0

 

Staff/Volunteer/Contractor-on-Inmate Sexual Abuse Allegations

Reported Allegations n=0

Substantiated Allegations                              0

Unsubstantiated Allegations                         0

Unfounded Allegations                                  0

On-going Investigations                                 0

 

 

 

§115.63 Reporting to other confinement facilities

 

(a) Upon receiving an allegation that an inmate was sexually abused while confined at another facility, the head of the facility that received the allegation shall notify the head of the facility or appropriate office of the agency where the alleged abuse occurred.

 

(b) Such notification shall be provided as soon as possible, but no later than 72 hours after receiving the allegation.

 

(c) The agency shall document that it has provided such notification.

 

Reported allegations pursuant to §115.63 (a):          None

 

Definitions:

 

Substantiated Allegation: Allegation that was investigated and determined to have occurred.

 

Unsubstantiated Allegation: Allegation that was investigated and the investigation produced insufficient evidence to make a final determination as to whether or not the event occurred.

 

Unfounded Allegation: Allegation that was investigated and determined not to have occurred.