Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office has established a “Zero Tolerance” for inmate sexual assault/abuse and will make every effort to provide all inmates with a safe, humane and secure environment, free from the threat of sexual assault/abuse and staff sexual misconduct/harassment.

Reporting

Inmates experiencing incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment are provided multiple means of making a report. To allow for the quickest response, inmates are encouraged to verbally report to any staff member immediately. Inmates may file written grievances by submitting an Inmate Request Form (kite), or by mailing a letter to the Sheriff at 110 Fifth Ave.; Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

Outside parties may report incidents of sexual abuse or sexual harassment of an inmate confined in the Mahoning County Jail by contacting the Detective Division at 330-480-5012, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm. You may also call the Mahoning County Victim/Witness Office at 330-740-2082, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Hiring and Promotion Decisions

The agency shall not hire or promote anyone who may have contact with inmates, and shall not enlist the services of any contractor who may have contact with inmates, who—

·         Has engaged in sexual abuse in a prison, jail, lockup, community confinement facility, juvenile facility, or other institution (as defined in 42 U.S.C. 1997)

·         Has been convicted of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity in the community facilitated by force, overt or implied threats of force, or coercion, or if the victim did not consent or was unable to consent or refuse

·         Has been civilly or administratively adjudicated to have engaged in the activity described above

Data Collection

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department collects accurate, uniform data on every report of sexual abuse occurring in the Mahoning County Jail for the board and care of county inmates. The data collected is used, in part, to complete the annual Survey of Sexual Violence that is forwarded to the USDOJ. In compliance with Section 115.389 of the PREA Standards, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office will make all aggregated sexual abuse data readily available to the public at least annually.

 


 

PREA Year End Report 2016

The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office strives to ensure the safety of all inmates and staff. We received our first PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) audit in June of 2016. To provide PREA compliancy, the facility installed privacy doors to all common areas for inmates. Mirrors were placed in the laundry and kitchen areas to establish constant visual contact of all inmates. Inmates are educated on PREA through video and brochures. Employees and volunteers are trained specifically on PREA as well. To secure safety, all incidents have been thoroughly investigated by a detective. There were nine total incidents for the 2016 year.  In cases that are substantiated, criminal charges have been filed. For every allegation, the parties involved were separated until the investigation was completed. The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office has several closed circuit television cameras on site. These cameras have been vital to our investigations in showing events that actually happened or were unfounded. All substantiated and unsubstantiated incidents are reviewed by supervisors, administrators and the PREA coordinator.

Annual Report of Sexual Violence for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office Jail for 01-16 through 12-16

 

Allegations

Substantiated

Unsubstantiated

Unfounded

Ongoing Investigations

Sub- Total Results

Inmate on Inmate sexual assault or abuse

4

 

2

2

 

4

Staff on inmate sexual misconduct

 

1

 

1

 

 

1

Inmate on staff sexual assault or abuse

1

1

 

 

 

1

Inmate on inmate sexual harassment

 

1

1

 

 

 

1

Staff on inmate sexual harassment

 

0

 

 

 

 

0

Inmate on staff sexual harassment

 

2

2

 

 

 

2

Totals

9

4

3

2

 

9