The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) announced the favorable results of two recent reviews of the county’s Adult Detention Center (ADC) in Leesburg.
Following an audit in June, the ADC was deemed in full compliance with the standards established by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) for Jails and Prisons. The audit by a DOJ contractor characterized its findings as “a direct reflection of the agency’s zero tolerance policy and leadership.”
The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual abuse and harassment. The LCSO policies prohibit any form of sexual activity, including sexual harassment.
In May, the ADC achieved 100 percent compliance with Life, Health and Safety standards after an unannounced inspection by the Virginia Department of Corrections. The inspection reviewed documentation from the previous 12 months and assessed compliance with 43 strict standards necessary for certification.
Loudoun’s ADC opened in 2007, and was expanded in 2012. It is rated to house up to 460 inmates, and as of early July there were 324 men and 58 women incarcerated there. The compound also includes administrative offices and the Loudoun County Magistrate’s Office.
It has been in full compliance with all audits since it opened, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The PREA Audit is conducted every three years by certified auditors for DOJ. Another audit for all standards is conducted every three years by the Virginia Department of Corrections. State officials also conduct annual audits of the center, as do the U.S. Marshalls Service, U.S. Customs and Immigration and other agencies.
“Our staff at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center continue to achieve the highest standards, and their efforts should be commended,” said Sheriff Mike Chapman.