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Detention Services Bureau - Reporting of Misconduct

REPORTING OF MISCONDUCT
Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department (MCJPD) believes in providing the highest level of safety and care to ensure fairness, dignity and respect for all juveniles. The application of federal law and the PREA standards supports this vision through the prevention, reduction and reporting of all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in our detention facilities.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was enacted by Congress to protect persons who are within confined settings from sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment. MCJPD expects all youth to be free of any sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment by staff, contractors, volunteers and, other youth. MCJPD will support an environment wherein all youth are free from retaliation for reporting allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment. Consensual sexual contact is forbidden. Reporting

Persons or youth may report allegations of sexual abuse or harassment either in writing to the address below or may call the confidential reporting hotline below. Anyone that knowingly makes a false allegation of sexual assault or harassment may be criminally prosecuted and may be held civilly liable.

Maricopa County Juvenile Detention Services
Attn: PREA Compliance Manager
1810 S. Lewis Street
Mesa, AZ 85120

Confidential Reporting Hotline: 1(888) SOS-CHILD

Policies

PREA Policy
I.B(8) Investigating Allegations of Misconduct
Arizona Juvenile Detention Standards

Third Party Reporting

Third Party Reporting Pamphlet
Third Party Reporting Form

Reported Incidents

Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Department PREA Statistics
Information based on the Survey of Sexual Violence submitted to the Department of Justice

Target Year 2013 2014 2015
Daily average of youth held in the facility during the target year. 163 150 133
During the target year, how many non-consensual youth on youth sexual acts were reported? 0 0 1
how many were substantiated? 0 0 0
how many were unsubstantiated? 0 0 0
how many were unfounded? 0 0 1
During the target year, how many allegations of youth on youth sexual abuse were reported? 0 0 0
how many were substantiated? 0 0 0
how many were unsubstantiated? 0 0 0
how many were unfounded? 0 0 0
During the target year, how many allegations of youth on youth allegations of sexual harassment were reported? 0 0 2
how many were substantiated? 0 0 1
how many were unsubstantiated? 0 0 1
how many were unfounded? 0 0 0
During the target year, how many allegations of staff sexual misconduct were reported? 1 0 2
how many were substantiated? 0 0 0
how many were unsubstantiated? 0 0 1
how many were unfounded? 1 0 1


Improvement Plans 2015 Annual Report: Corrective Action Plan

Preparing an annual report of its findings and corrective actions for each facility, as well as the agency as a whole.

  1. Such report shall include a comparison of the current year's data and corrective actions with those from prior years, and shall provide an assessment of the agency's progress in addressing sexual abuse.
  2. The agency's report shall be approved by the agency head and made readily available to the public through its website or, if it does not have one, through other means.
2014 Corrective Actions
  • Updated Youth Education Materials: To include but not limited to, Youth Brochures (English and Spanish), Youth Handbook, PREA Posters (available on every housing unit and), and PREA Youth Presentation (with gender specific information).
  • Youth PREA Education Groups/Information Sessions: Every youth received PREA Education during their stay. PREA Education is completed every 14 days on all living units.
  • Employees completed mandatory PREA Training: Every secure care staff employee was mandated to attend an in-service training that included a two hour PREA training. Trainings were conducted by Staff Development Trainers, the PREA Coordinator and/or the PREA Compliance Manager.
  • Employees were offered LBGTI training and Blurred Lines Classes.
  • A PREA Vulnerability Assessment tool was developed by our Department of Counseling/Psychological Services to screen all detained youth. The purpose of this tool is to identify vulnerable youth in support of a zero tolerance culture related to sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The tool is designed to identify both youth who may be vulnerable to victimization as well as aggression. A team of screeners has been trained to administer the assessment at each facility, and the youth are able to be screened within 72-hours of being detained.
Annual Report - Corrective Action Plan 2014
  • Internal PREA Pre-Audit: PREA Mock Audit completed to determine compliance with PREA standards. Audit completed by PREA Compliance Manager and PREA Coordinator.
Annual Report - Corrective Action Plan 2013
  • Internal PREA Pre-Audit: PREA Mock Audit completed to determine compliance with PREA standards. Audit completed by PREA Compliance Manager and PREA Coordinator.
Recommendations
  • Continue PREA Assessment Reviews: Quarterly Reviews will to continue to monitoring compliance with PREA Standards as prescribed by agency policy and PREA Standards.
  • Increase camera coverage: Camera assessment was completed by the PREA Compliance Manager and PREA Coordinator to determine the need of additional cameras. Assessment was submitted to agency's Detention Directors and the Deputy Chief of Detention Services for review.
2013 Corrective Actions/Recommendations
  • Appointed Facility PREA Compliance Manager: To work in collaboration with PREA Coordinator and Detention Management.
  • Appointed PREA Coordinator to facilitate agency efforts with PREA compliance.
  • Conducted agency evaluation and assessment to determine compliance using PREA Juvenile Toolkit.
  • Increased number of PREA Trainers to facilitate PREA Youth Education. Six (8) Additional trainers were certified.
  • Completed a review of processes and practices within detention areas that were affected by PREA Standards.
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