1. How does PREA impact the Juvenile Court of Mobile
County/Strickland Youth Center?
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) addresses the
detection, elimination and prevention of sexual abuse in all incarceration facilities
throughout the United States. PREA directs the collection and dissemination of
information on the incidence of juvenile on juvenile sexual violence as well as
staff sexual misconduct with juveniles in custody.
2. To whom does PREA apply?
PREA applies to all public and private institutions
that house juvenile and/or adult offenders, males or females. PREA is applicable to the smallest
residential facility as well as facilities that hold hundreds of juveniles.
3. Prison Rape Elimination Action Acknowledgement
The Juvenile Court of Mobile County/Strickland Youth
Center has a ZERO-TOLERANCE policy
of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. We
are committed to ensuring a safe, humane and secure environment, free from the
threat of sexual abuse and sexual harassment of all detainees and
4. How do I report sexual abuse or harassment?
If you suspect sexual abuse or
harassment has happened at the Strickland Youth Center, you have several
options for reporting. All reports are
investigated and we take each of them very seriously. These options include:
Contacting Facility Administration
Jim Chinners, Superintendent
§ (251)574-5230 –
Lewellyn Spencer, Asst. Superintendent (PREA Coordinator)
§ (251)574-3182 –
Marquita Erobu, Special Management Coordinator
§ (251)574-3186 –
Contacting the Mobile Police Department
Contacting the ADYS State PREA Coordinator
Contacting the ADYS Sexual Assault Hotline
You may also report using the Third Party Reporting for
Sexual/Abuse/Support and Harassment form by clicking PREA forms.
Investigative Procedure PREA Standard 115.322
The James T. Strickland Youth Center shall ensure that an administrative
or criminal investigation is completed for all allegations of sexual abuse and
sexual harassment. it is the policy of this facility that all allegations of
sexual abuse and sexual harassment are referred to an agency with the legal
authority to conduct criminal investigations, unless the allegations does not
involve potentially criminal behavior. All referrals shall be documented.
This policy shall be published on the facility’s website. if a separate entity is responsible for
conducting criminal investigations the publication shall describe the
responsibilities of both the facility and the investigating entity.
Any state entity responsible for conducting administrative or criminal investigations
of sexual abuse or sexual harassment in juvenile facilities shall have in place
a policy governing the conduct of such investigations.
Any Department of Justice component responsible for conducting
administrative or criminal investigations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment
in juvenile facilities shall have in place a policy governing the conduct of
Any person having knowledge, suspicion, or information regarding an
incident of sexual assault/harassment shall report this information to the
supervisor on duty. The supervisor shall immediately notify the Superintendent
of Detention. All allegations for sexual abuse/assault/harassment shall be
investigated by the City of Mobile Police Department. Administrative and
criminal investigations shall be conducted simultaneously with priority given
to the criminal investigation. All referrals to outside agencies shall be
Strickland Youth Center shall require the training of certain individuals as
required in PREA Standard 115.334
trained individuals shall conduct any administrative investigations of sexual
abuse and harassment allegations, if the allegation does not involve
potentially criminal behavior
of sexual harassment allegations
Allegations of sexual harassment shall be
investigated administratively by Youth Center investigators.
the investigation shows that a staff member is involved in the sexual
harassment allegations, and based on a preponderance of the evidence it is
believed that the staff member committed
the harassment, the matter shall be
turned over to the Alabama Department of Human Resources and/or district
of sexual abuse allegations
allegation of sexual abuse that potentially involves criminal behavior shall be
turned over the City of Mobile Police Department for investigation, especially
in all cases
that may have happened within a time frame that allows for
collection of physical evidence or if the allegation involves another staff
at the Strickland Youth Center shall cooperate in every way with any
Strickland Youth Center shall endeavor to remain informed of the progress of