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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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OPERATION CHRISTMAS TREE 2017 IS UNDERWAY

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Sheriff Bill Overton announces Operation Christmas Tree 2017 is up and running. Through the process of pre-sales, FCSO was able to help 12 Franklin County families greatly during Christmas of 2016. These beautiful Fraser Fir trees will be 6' to 8' in height and trimmed to your specifications on pick up day. For a donation of ONLY $30 per tree, you can have one of these fantastic trees.  Contact Deputy H. L. Nolen if you would like a tree at 540-814-1724. Trees will be cut on 11/18 to guarantee freshness.

 

 

FCSO WARNS OF SECURITY SYSTEM SCAM

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Another SCAM is being attempted around our county. This one is stating they are from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office and even uses one of our administration telephone numbers. The scammer claims we are giving away a free security system. The caller then attempts to collect personal information from our residents. THIS IS A SCAM. The Office of the Sheriff advises you to hang up immediately. If you are contacted by anyone and feel it is a scam, please call us at 540-483-3000.

 

 

 

 

OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF LOOKING FOR IMPAIRED DRIVERS

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Watch this important short film about not driving impaired. Sheriff Overton wants everyone to return home safe to their families.

We are responsible for each other out on the highways, choose wisely.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvYB1zEFpzo&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

 

SHERIFF OVERTON SAYS, "DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE"

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Sheriff Bill Overton says, "Please don't drink and drive. Buzzed driving IS drunk driving. Be alert to warning signs. I want each of you to arrive home safe to your families. Please click on this video link.

https://youtu.be/8ti9KPb3iw4

 

 

 

 

CREDIT CARD SCAMMERS NEAR OUR AREA

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Sheriff Bill Overton advises credit card scammers have been discovered near our area. "We have received notification from the Roanoke County Police Department that these credit card scamming devices have been found in the Clearbrook area", Sheriff Overton advised. The Sheriff explained how residents of Franklin County to be vigilant when using automated credit card machinery. "If the reader looks tampered with, different color, odd wording and/or seems loose or not aligned, then do not use and notify the company's management or call The Office of the Sheriff at 540-483-3000", said Sheriff Overton. Please be aware and look before using. Photo shows an example of credit card scam devices.

 

 

 

 

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