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PREA: Prison Rape Elimination Act

The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office has developed a policy to coordinate actions taken in response to alleged incidents of sexual abuse. The Lucas County Sheriff’s Office has a zero-tolerance policy toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment by staff and/or inmates. This policy outlines the Sheriff’s Office approach to preventing, detecting and responding to such conduct.

Inmates in the Lucas County Corrections Center can privately report sexual abuse, sexual harassment, retaliation by other inmates or staff, and staff neglect through the following methods:

  • Grievance forms
  • Verbal reporting
  • Sexual abuse hotline
  • Third-party reporting, rape crisis centers, family and friends

Lucas County Sheriff’s Office staff can privately report sexual abuse and sexual harassment of inmates to their supervisor or any other facility supervisor or by using the sexual abuse hotline.

Any verbal reports will be immediately documented by the staff member receiving the information and forwarded to a supervisor.

Inmates will be provided access to an outside advocacy group through the use of a mailing address and hotline number for outside emotional support services related to sexual abuse.

If you are a family member, friend, legal counsel, or anyone else outside the facility, you can report on behalf of the inmate by calling 1-866-557-7273 or writing to 1018 Jefferson Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604. Your report can remain anonymous upon request.

Once the Lucas County Sheriff’s office has been notified of a sexual abuse or sexual harassment allegation, the following actions take place:

  • The reports from the initial responder will be reviewed and turned over to Lucas County Sheriff’s Office detectives for investigation.
  • All allegations of sexual abuse will be criminally investigated. 
  • The PREA compliance officer will meet with the inmate who alleged sexual abuse to inform him or her of the outcome of the investigation (Substantiated, Unsubstantiated or Unfounded). A notification form will be signed by both the inmate and the PREA compliance officer stating the findings of the investigation.
  • After 30 days of the initial investigation, a board will review the findings to gather information about any red flags or changes that may need to be made to the office’s policy and procedures.
  • If the alleged abuser is an employee, contractor or visitor, that employee, contractor or visitor will be isolated from the individual, and the shift commander will be notified.

View the complete PREA policy here.

PREA Contact

PREA Coordinator

Lieutenant Nancy Kowalski
419-213-4378
nkowalski@co.lucas.oh.us

Prison Rape Elimination Audit Report
Annual Report of Sexual Assault Data FY-2020
Annual Report of Sexual Assault Data FY-2019
Annual Report of Sexual Assault Data FY-2018
Annual Report of Sexual Assault Data FY-2017
Annual Report of Sexual Assault Data FY-2016