Davis County studies federal prison rape mandate
BLOOMFIELD, Iowa —
Davis County officials discussed a federal law Monday morning, that seeks to prevent sexual abuse in correctional facilities.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act was first signed into law in 2003. Since then, Davis County and several other Iowa counties have chosen not to participate.
During his time with the Davis County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Dave Davis said he hasn't dealt with issues of sexual abuse inside the jail.
"We try and do our best to make sure that nothing like that does occur within our facility,” Davis said. “It's protection there for inmate on inmate and or staff against inmate...any sexual abuse and or rapes."
Part of the mandate asks all jails and prisons to complete a three-year audit cycle, which Davis said could get pretty expensive.
The subject came up during Monday’s supervisors meeting, after Davis learned the county could be penalized for choosing not to comply.
The penalty is five percent of any grant money received from the U.S. Department of Justice.