Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law established to support the elimination and prevention of sexual assault and sexual misconduct in correctional systems. PREA addresses both inmate-to-inmate sexual assault and staff-to-inmate sexual assault. The Jackson County Detention Center fully supports the guidelines set forth in this law and has ZERO-TOLERANCE for any and all incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center implements its “Zero-Tolerance” policies through a facility-wide systematic process that begins when inmates are initially admitted into the facility. When inmates enter our intake area they are met with a comprehensive educational process where their rights to be free from sexual abuse and harassment is explained in detail to them. From there an assessment is conducted on every inmate to determine their individual risk of victimization or predation using an objective measurement tool based on specific risk factors. This tool is utilized to make an individualized determination of housing and program assignments for each inmate.
Every allegation of sexual assault and sexual misconduct by either staff, or other inmates is forwarded to the PREA investigation unit, where a thorough investigation is conducted.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has a number that can be called by the public to report Sexual abuse in the jail.
Victims Service Coordinator
Lisa Hyten 785-851-1002
When it comes to sexual activity within the jail facility, Jackson County Detention policies and procedures are clear; ALL SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS PROHIBITED. Beyond those rules, forced or coerced sexual behavior is a criminal act that merits criminal prosecution.
Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Jail Division
2014 PREA Complaints: 4 reported
2015 PREA Complaints: 3 reported
2016 PREA complaints: 1 reported
2017 PREA complaints: 2 reported
2018 PREA complaints: 1 reported