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The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law enacted in 2003, was created to eliminate sexual abuse in confinement. In addition to providing federal funding for research, programs, training, and technical assistance to address the issue, the legislation mandated the development of national standards. The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission developed recommended national standards for reducing prison rape. In order to promote a safe and humane setting for the confinement of pre-trial detainees as well as convicted offenders, the Franklin County Jail maintains a “zero tolerance policy” regarding the sexual abuse of inmates, staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct, and inmate-on-inmate sexual misconduct.  The Franklin County Jail maintains a program of prevention, detection, response, investigation and tracking.  Sexual assault among inmates and staff sexual misconduct towards inmates is strictly prohibited and subject to administrative and criminal disciplinary sanctions.  All allegations, regardless of source will be investigated.  Staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct will be governed by the Code of Virginia §18.2-64.2, which includes contract and volunteer personnel.  The appropriate sections of the Code of Virginia will govern inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse based upon the advice of the Commonwealth’s Attorney and the investigating police authority.

Sexual misconduct is illegal and will not be tolerated in any manner at the Franklin County Jail. Sexual misconduct includes: inmate-on-inmate sexual abuse, assault, or consensual sexual activity, and staff-on-inmate sexual abuse, assault or consensual sexual activity. Sexual misconduct also includes any solicitation of sexual activity. All allegations are fully investigated and substantiated incidents are reported to the local police for further investigation and referral for prosecution if warranted.  

Sexual abuse can be reported to ANY staff member at any time, either verbally or in writing.  The staff will take actions to protect inmates from the assailant and refer them to medical for further treatment and counseling.  2016 PREA Audit Report

The following resource is available for reporting and/or counseling for victims of sexual abuse: Southside Survivor Response Center (SSRC): 1-877-934-3576

If you wish to report information that an inmate at the Franklin County Jail has been the victim of sexual abuse by another inmate, or have information about employee sexual misconduct with regard to an inmate, please contact one of the following, either in writing or by phone:

Investigations, Office of the Sheriff, County of Franklin
70 East Court Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
(540) 483-3000
Franklin County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office
275 S. Main Street #33, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
(540) 483-3092

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FCSO MAKES DRUG ARRESTS

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Franklin County Sheriff's Office announces it has served 16 drug-related indictments in their county. Follow this link to the WSLS -10 website to read the entire story. WSLS -10. Sheriff Bill Overton thanked all the deputies for their work and effort in making these arrests. "This is a focus at the Office of the Sheriff and we are constantly working to gather information, build cases and make these arrests happen."

 

 

 

 

2019 OPERATION CHRISTMAS TREE

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Today, Sheriff Bill Overton announced the 4th year of Operation Christmas Tree. This outreach charity has helped over 100 Franklin County families have meals, clothing and toys. Our many business partners and residents come along beside our sheriff's office to make this event a success. See the flyer (Click above on "View All Flyers Here" - find 2019 Operaton Christmas Tree) for all the details. Help us by pre-purchasing a beautiful Fraser Fir.

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON WARNS OF NEW SCAM ATTEMPT

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In the past several days, we have received reports of our residents getting phone calls from the Social Security Administration. These calls are asking for personal information such as Social Security numbers. Don't fall victim to scammers. Go to the Federal Trade Commission website (www.ftc.gov) and search SCAMS. 

 

 

 

 

DRUG SATURATION REPORT POSTED

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FCSO POST DRUG SATURATION PATROL REPORT FOR JULY 16

http://franklincountysheriffsoffice.org/Drug_Saturation_7-16-19_6b92c.pdf

 

 

 

 

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY

drug take back day 62588The Spring DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10AM - 2PM. Locations will be at Kroger - Westlake Area.....Kroger - Rocky Mount and Ferrum College Police Department. Click on "View All Flyers", go down near the bottom and click Spring Drug Take Back Day to see the details. No syringes, lancets, or sharps of any kind will be accepted. This event is in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Rocky Mount Police Department and Ferrum College Police Department

 

 

 

 

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