Prison Rape Elimination Act

Zero Tolerance Policy

It is the policy of the Leon County Detention Center (LCDC) to comply with the provisions set forth in the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The LCDC has established a “Zero Tolerance” policy for sexual misconduct for incidents involving inmate-on-inmate sexual violence and staff sexual misconduct/harassment/voyeurism towards inmates, regardless of consensual status [FCAC 6.21M].  The LCDC considers any form of sexual misconduct by staff an abuse of power.

Click here to view LCDC Standard Operating Procedure 450.K15 which establishes uniform guidelines and operating procedures concerning the prevention, detection, and reporting of sexual abuse/assault/harassment of inmates, in accordance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA).


All reported incidents of inmate sexual abuse or sexual harassment are thoroughly investigated by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office. There are two types of investigations conducted by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office as they relate to reported incidents. They are:

Administrative Investigations:  All reported incidents are considered administrative in nature until the preliminary investigation is completed.  The Leon County Detention Center Facility Investigator receives all reports and reviews them.  If, during the preliminary investigation process, or during the initial reporting of the incident, it appears that a crime may have been committed, the incident is then referred to the Violent Crimes Unit for criminal investigation. Administrative Investigations primarily cover acts of voyeurism and harassment.

Criminal Investigations:   Where sexual abuse is alleged, the reported incident will be referred to the Violent Crimes Unit for investigation.  The Violent Crimes Unit has investigators that have received specialized training in sexual abuse investigations within a confinement setting.  Substantiated allegations of conduct that appears to be criminal in nature will be referred for prosecution.  

Third Party Reporting
PREA § 115.54

The Leon County Detention Center has established a method to receive third-party reports of sexual abuse and sexual harassment and distributes publicly information on how to report sexual abuse and sexual harassment on behalf of an inmate.  This information is accessible to the public via the Inmate Handbook on the Leon County Sheriff’s Office website as well as here in this section. 

If you have information on an incident of inmate sexual abuse or sexual harassment, you may contact:

The Rape Crisis Hotline at 1-888-956-7273 or  1-800-962-2873

Leon County Detention Center Facility Investigator at 606-3500 Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM

Leon County PREA Coordinator at 850-606-3688

Monday-Friday from 7:00 AM until 4:00 PM

Leon County Detention Center Watch Commander at 606-3500

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

The mailing address for the Leon County Detention Center is:
PO Box 727
Tallahassee, Florida 32302

You can report any incident anonymously if you choose to do so. You can report the incident in writing or verbally. The more information you can provide will assist the agency with completing the investigation.

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

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Our rules of decorum are in place to encourage civil discourse and to prevent a poster from disrupting dialog in a way that prevents or impedes the accomplishment of the purpose of our social media sites. Our purpose is to convey important public safety information, increase our ability to quickly, effectively, and efficiently reach Leon County and Big Bend area residents to help us find criminal suspects, find missing and/or endangered persons, communicate public safety alerts, and further our mission of preventing, reducing, suppressing, displacing, solving, and fighting crime in Leon County.