PREA

It is the policy of SEPTA Correctional Facility to provide a safe, humane, and appropriately secure environment, free from the threat of sexual misconduct for all residents by maintaining a program of prevention, detection, response, investigation, and tracking. SEPTA shall maintain a zero tolerance for sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct among residents and by staff towards inmates is strictly prohibited. All allegations of sexual misconduct and/or sexual harassment shall be administratively and/or criminally investigated.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO BE SEXUALLY ABUSED OR HARASSED.

Incidents or Suspicions of Sexual Abuse, Sexual Harassment and Retaliation can be reported to ANY STAFF Member:

  • Verbally to ANY STAFF MEMBER
  • In Writing to ANY STAFF MEMBER
  • By Phone (No cost to call from inmate phone)
    • SEPTA PREA Coordinator (740) 753-5000 ext. 2109
    • Outside Agency Hot Line (614) 728-3399

Residents shall be given the opportunity to remain anonymous upon request to the outside agency.

There will be NO retaliation for reporting incidents of sexual abuse or harassment.

Family and friends can report allegations of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and retaliation on your behalf:

  • By calling (740) 753-5000 ext. 2109
  • By emailing SEPTA’s designated PREA Coordinator at scott.weaver@septacbcf.org

Within 14 days of your arrival or transfer to SEPTA Correctional Facility you will watch an Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) education video. The video will inform you of ODRC’s zero tolerance policy against sexual misconduct. The video is in English with a deaf interpreter (by paul). It also is closed caption with a Spanish outline at end of video. If you need additional assistance understanding anything in the PREA inmate education video or institution inmate handbook, see your unit staff.

PREVENTION/DETECTION

All residents shall be screened and assessed upon admission to SEPTA. All residents shall be assessed for risk of sexual victimization or abusiveness within 72 hours of intake. These screenings shall be initiated in the PREA Risk Assessment System by intake personnel during intake assessments and shall be completed by staff within the 72 hour period. No sooner than 15 days, but no later than 30 days from the resident’s arrival at SEPTA, the resident shall be reassessed regarding their risk of victimization or abusiveness based upon any additional, relevant information received since intake screening of the resident. Intake staff shall complete the assessments. As a result of these screenings, residents shall be assigned a PREA Classification of either “No Classification”, “Potential Victim” or “Potential Abuser”.

 

Click here to view SEPTA’s Annual PREA Report

2017 SEPTA PREA FINAL REPORT