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PREA Information

Information about Sexual Abuse or Harassment or suspected Sexual Abuse or Harassment can be reported:

    Verbally to staff
    Electronic request or grievance
    Electronic PREA report
    A third party

Contact info is:

    Anna Ross Berntson
    PREA Coordinator
    491 2nd St NW
    Valley City, ND 58072
    (701)845-8532

Third party reporting should be directed to:

    Valley City Police Department
    216 2nd Ave NE
    Valley City, ND 58072
    (701)845-3110

On September 4, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 The legislation required the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to develop a new national data collection on the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault within correctional facilities. The final rule was published in the federal register on June 20, 2012, and became effective on August 20, 2012.

The Barnes County Correctional Facility has implemented a written policy mandating zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and outlining the agency’s approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. The standard that governs external audits provides that the first audit cycle begins on August 20, 2013, and, to be in compliance, that jurisdictions must have at least one third of their facilities audited within the subsequent 12-month period ending August 20, 2014. The Barnes County Correctional Facility is committed to PREA compliance while providing a sexually safe environment for all adults and juveniles in our care and custody. The results of these audits will be posted on this website.

The Barnes County Correctional Facility maintains a written policy mandating zero tolerance toward all forms of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and outlining the agency’s approach to preventing, detecting, and responding to such conduct. (Barnes County Correctional Facility Policy 6-10) The Barnes County Correctional Facility Policy is available on this website.

Upon receiving an allegation that an inmate was sexually abused while confined at another facility, the head of the facility will notify head or appropriate office of the agency where the sexual abuse is alleged to have occurred. ( North Dakota Policy 3C-4 and PREA Standard 115.63)

PREA requires “incidents” to be recorded in one of three categories: 1) Substantiated; 2) Unsubstantiated; or 3) Unfounded

2017 report

In 2017 there was 1 unsubstantiated sexual assault/harassment report

2018 report

In 2018 there were 0 allegations of sexual assault/harassment

491 2nd Avenue NW
Valley City, ND 58072
Office Phone 701-845-8532
Fax Phone 701-845-2495
Randy McClaflin