Prison Rape Elimination Act
The Anne Arundel Department of Detention Facilities (AACDDF) has a zero tolerance for sexual abuse. No one has the right to pressure inmates to engage in sexual acts. Inmates do not have to tolerate sexual assault or pressure to engage in unwanted sexual behavior. The policies of the Department of Detention Facilities follow the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) guidelines.
An inmate should report any incidents of sexual abuse to a staff member immediately. A sexual assault hotline is also available to assist inmates who wish to report incidents of sexual abuse. Inmates should press "0" from the inmate phones. This hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The hotline is monitored by the Anne Arundel County Police Department.
The Anne Arundel County Police Department will investigate any allegations of sexual contact or assault involving staff or inmates at the Jennifer Road Detention Center and Ordnance Road Correctional Center. Also, medical attention and counseling will be made available to victims.
Any member of the public may also report any incidents to an AACDDF staff member immediately, or may call directly to the facility.
In calendar year 2015, AACDDF investigated 32 potential violations of PREA. 12 instances were substantiated, 12 were unsubstantiated while 4 were deemed unfounded. Meanwhile, 4 were referred to other correctional institutions outside Anne Arundel County where the alleged incidents took place.
Of the 28 that alleged incidents at AACDDF, 6 allegations related to staff-on-offender, 20 related to offender-on-offender and 2 could not be determined either way.