Prison Rape Elimination Act Overview

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse and harassment and makes prevention a top priority.  The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and harassment.  This law applies to all federal and state prisons, jails, police lock-ups, private facilities, juvenile facilities, and community correctional settings. The new standards were published in May 2012 and ACSO is currently enhancing its effort towards implementation of the standards.  ACSO policies prohibit any form of sexual activity, including sexual harassment. Forced or coerced sexual behavior is a criminal offense and ACSO will take every action possible to hold perpetrators accountable, including prosecution resulting in additional time in prison.  It is against the law for staff to engage in any type of sexual activity with an inmate.  By law, an incarcerated person is unable to legally consent to sexual activity of any kind with a staff member.  This type of activity is referred to as Staff Sexual Misconduct and is punishable up to and including loss of employment, civil suit, and/or imprisonment.  Any reports of such incidents will be investigated thoroughly by the Arlington County Police Department, and the employee will be held accountable if found guilty.


Inmates who are sexually abused/assaulted or harassed are encouraged to speak with a member of the ACSO staff. Inmates receive information on how to report sexual abuse and harassment through inmate orientation, posters, handbooks, and ongoing communication.  Inmates may report in person, through the PREA hotline number, or the grievance system.

Additional Ways to Report

ACSO PREA & ADA Coordinator, Capt. Broderick Lindsey at 703-228-7063.

Doorways for Women & Children
Attn: REVIVE Counseling Program
P.O. Box 100185
Arlington, VA 22210
24 Hour Hotline: 703-237-0881

Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (VSDVAA)
5008 Monument Avenue, Suite A
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: 866-3VSDVAA (Toll-Free)
Hotline: 800-838-8238
Richmond Office: 804-377-0335

National Sexual Assault Hotline

Immigration services

Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Policy on Inmate Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Assault:

An administrative or criminal investigation is completed for all allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. The Arlington County Sheriff’s office is responsible for administrative investigations while the Arlington County Police Department is responsible for criminal investigations. Allegations of conduct that appears to be criminal are referred for prosecution.

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office Annual PREA Report