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PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act)

PreaThe Marion County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center has a ZERO Tolerance Policy for PREA concerns. 

Zero Tolerance means that no sexual act, contact or harassment, will be tolerated between any inmate with another inmate and/or between an inmate and an employee per South Carolina South Carolina Code of Laws §44-23-1150.  Staff found guilty of such violations will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination and possible criminal prosecution. Inmates will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with the requirements of the Detention Center inmate disciplinary procedures and may be subject to criminal prosecution.

The Detention Center is committed to its zero-tolerance policy of sexual assault and sexual victimization. Our policy affects every employee and person under the supervision of the facility. Report an assault or sexual victimization on the Commissary Kiosk under Grievances, to a staff member, in writing, or by calling (843) 423-8216. Reports will be kept as confidential as the circumstance allows.

All investigations involving PREA complaints are investigated by the Sheriff's Office.  At the discretion of the Sheriff, an outside agency such as SLED may be contacted to assist in the investigation or to conduct the investigation on behalf of the Sheriff.

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National PREA Resource Center

The PREA Resource Center (PRC) serves as a central repository for the best research in the field on trends, prevention, and response strategies, and best practices in corrections. Technical assistance and resources are available through the PRC’s coordinated efforts with its federal partners, and the PRC will take the lead in helping the corrections field to implement the Department of Justice’s national PREA standards.

The PRC is a cooperative effort with a broad coalition of organizations with expertise and resources in the fields of corrections, law enforcement, victims' services, and sexual abuse prevention and response. You can find a full list of collaborating organizations here.