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NCJ Number: 192757 Find in a Library
Title: Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates: Myths and Realities
Journal: Sheriff  Volume:53  Issue:6  Dated:November/December 2001  Pages:20-23,27
Author(s): Susan W. McCampbell; Elizabeth P. Layman
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 5
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article explores the myths and realities of staff sexual misconduct in a jail setting and the necessary investigative protocols for the handling of such allegations.
Abstract: Staff sexual misconduct of inmates within a jail setting is viewed as a range of inappropriate behaviors from language to rape. Allegations of such misconduct faced by sheriffs and jail administrators can compromise professionalism and distort the boundaries between staff and inmates. It is imperative and crucial that allegations be appropriately handled and effective investigations are essential. This article presents 13 myths of staff sexual misconduct and the reality that follows. In addition, specific and essential protocols are presented and are considered crucial to the investigation. These protocols need to address: (1) collection and preservation of evidence; (2) production of evidence by inmates and/or staff; (3) interviewing techniques for vulnerable victims; (4) use of polygraphs; (5) referrals to sexual assault treatment centers; (6) initiation of covert activities; (7) interviewing staff; (8) referrals to the employee assistance program; (9) coordination of prosecutor; (10) management of the investigation; and (11) demystifying the internal investigative process. A healthy and safe work environment can be achieved with clear policies and procedures, a zero-tolerance for sexual misconduct by staff, mandatory reporting, support and training for staff, inmate orientation, and an effective investigative process.
Main Term(s): Prisoner sexual assault
Index Term(s): Investigative techniques; Jail management; Jails; Sex offense investigations; Sexual assault; Sexual harassment
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