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Psychology Services

Psychology Service is comprised of a Chief Psychologist, a Drug Abuse Program (DAP) Coordinator, a Drug Abuse Program (DAP) Psychologist, one Staff Psychologist, seven Drug Treatment Specialists, and one Psychology Technician. A part-time Psychiatrist is contracted by the Health Services Department.

Chief Psychologist

The Chief Psychologist is responsible for the provision of quality mental health services within the institution. The Chief Psychologist has oversight responsibility for all programs offered through the Psychology Services.

DAP Coordinator

The DAP Coordinator is responsible for the provision of the Residential Drug Abuse Program (RDAP). This is a 9-12 months intensive treatment program. All participants in the RDAP will reside in the C2 Unit.

DAP Psychologist

The DAP Psychologist is responsible for the provision of non-residential treatment groups. These groups include non-residential drug treatment groups, the Freedom from Drugs (formerly Drug Education), and Transitional Services for RDAP graduates.

Drug Treatment Specialists

The Drug Treatment Specialists are responsible for the Residential Drug Abuse Program and non-residential drug treatment groups. The Drug Treatment Specialists are also responsible for assessing drug treatment needs, developing comprehensive individualized treatment plans, and making appropriate referrals and recommendations.
Program Statement 5310 Psychology Service Manual, 5330 Psychology Treatment Programs, 6010 Psychiatric Treatment and Medication Administrative Safeguards, 6340 Psychiatric Services, but are not limited to, individual counseling, group counseling, psychological assessment, psychiatric consultation, crisis intervention, AIDS counseling, and drug treatment. Inmates can request an appointment with a psychologist by submitting an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form to the Psychology Services. Inmate appointments will be scheduled with the appropriate staff member via “call-outs”. In crisis situations, inmates should request that a staff member contact the Psychology Department in order to obtain an immediate appointment.

Suicide Prevention

It is not uncommon for people to experience depression and hopelessness while in jail or prison, particularly if they are newly incarcerated, are serving a long sentence, are experiencing family problems or problems getting along with other inmates, or receive bad news. Sometimes, inmates consider committing suicide due to all of the pressure they are under. Staff is trained to monitor inmates for signs of suicide and is trained to refer all concerns to the Psychology Services.
However, staff does not always see what inmates see. If you are personally experiencing any of the problems noted above, or you or another inmate are showing signs of depression (sadness, tearfulness, lack of enjoyment in usual activities), withdrawal (staying away from others, reducing phone calls and/or visits), or hopelessness (giving away possessions, stating that “there is nothing to live for”), PLEASE, alert a staff member right away. Your input can save a life.

Sexually Abusive Behavior Prevention and Intervention

You Have the Right to be Safe from Sexually Abusive Behavior.

While you are incarcerated, no one has the right to pressure you to engage in sexual acts.

You do not have to tolerate sexually abusive behavior or pressure to engage in unwanted sexual behavior from another inmate or a staff member. Regardless of your age, size, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, you have the right to be safe from sexually abusive behavior.

What Can You Do To Prevent Sexually Abusive Behavior?

Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and others against sexually abusive behavior:

  • Carry yourself in a confident manner at all times. Do not permit your emotions (fear/anxiety) to be obvious to others.
  • Do not accept gifts or favors from others. Most gifts or favors come with strings attached to them.
  • Do not accept an offer from another inmate to be your protector.
  • Find a staff member with whom you feel comfortable discussing your fears
  • and concerns.
  • Be alert! Do not use contraband substances such as drugs or alcohol; these can weaken your ability to stay alert and make good judgments.
  • Be direct and firm if others ask you to do something you don‟t want to do. Do not give mixed messages to other inmates regarding your wishes for sexual activity.
  • Stay in well lit areas of the institution.
  • Choose your associates wisely. Look for people who are involved in positive activities like educational programs, psychology groups, or religious services. Get involved in these activities yourself.
  • Trust your instincts. If you sense that a situation may be dangerous, it probably is. If you fear for your safety, report your concerns to staff.

Sexual Misconduct (Staff only)

The use of indecent sexual language, gestures, or sexually oriented visual surveillance for the purpose of sexual gratification.

An incident is considered Inmate-on-Inmate Abuse/Assault when any sexually abusive behavior occurs between two or more inmates. An incident is considered Staff-on-Inmate Abuse/Assault when any sexually abusive behavior is initiated by a staff member toward one or more inmates. It is also considered Staff-on-Inmate Abuse/Assault if a staff member willingly engages in sexual acts or contacts that are initiated by an inmate.

NOTE: Sexual acts or contacts between two or more inmates, even when no objections are raised, are prohibited acts, and may be illegal. Sexual acts or contacts between an inmate and a staff member, even when no objections are raised by either party, are always forbidden and illegal. Inmates who have been sexual assaulted by another inmate or staff member will not be prosecuted or disciplined for reporting the assault. However, inmates will be penalized for knowingly filing any false report.

How Do You Report an Incident of Sexually Abusive Behavior?

It is important that you tell a staff member if you have been sexually assaulted. It is equally important to inform staff if you have witnessed sexually abusive behavior. You can tell your case manager, Chaplain, Psychologist, SIS, the Warden or any other staff member you trust.

BOP staff members are instructed to keep reported information confidential and only discuss it with the appropriate officials on a need-to-know basis concerning the inmate-victim’s welfare and for law enforcement or investigative purposes. There are other means to confidentiality report sexually abusive behavior if you are not comfortable talking with staff.

  • Write directly to the Warden, Regional Director or Director. You can send the Warden an Inmate Request to Staff Member (Cop-out) or a letter reporting the sexually abusive behavior. You may also send a letter to the Regional Director or Director of the Bureau of Prisons. To ensure confidentiality, use special mail procedures.
  • File an Administrative Remedy. You can file a Request for Administrative Remedy (BP-9). If you determine your complaint is too sensitive to file with the Warden, you have the opportunity to file your administrative remedy directly with the Regional Director (BP-10). You can get the forms from your counselor or other unit staff.
  • Write the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) which investigates allegations of staff misconduct. OIG is a component of the Department of Justice and is not a part of the Bureau of Prisons. The address is:

Office of the Inspector General
P. O. Box 27606
Washington, D.C. 20530

Understanding the Investigative Process

Once the sexually abusive behavior is reported, the BOP and/or other appropriate law enforcement agencies will conduct an investigation.

The purpose of the investigation is to determine the nature and scope of the abusive behavior. You may be asked to give a statement during the investigation. If criminal charges are brought, you may be asked to testify during the criminal proceedings.

Counseling Programs for Victims of Sexually Abusive Behavior

Most people need help to recover from the emotional effects of sexually abusive behavior. If you are the victim of sexually abusive behavior, whether recent or in the past, you may seek counseling and/or advice from a psychologist or chaplain. Crisis counseling, coping skills, suicide prevention, mental health counseling, and spiritual counseling are all available to you.

Management Program for Inmate Assailants

Anyone who sexually abuses/assaults others while in the custody of the BOP will be disciplined and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If you are an inmate assailant, you will be referred to Correctional Services for monitoring. You will be referred to Psychology Services for an assessment of risk and treatment and management needs. Treatment compliance or refusal will be documented and decisions regarding your conditions of confinement and release may be effected. If you feel that you need help to keep from engaging in sexually abusive behaviors, psychological services are available.

Policy Definitions: Prohibited Acts

Inmates who engage in inappropriate sexual behavior can be charged with the following Prohibited Acts under the Inmate Disciplinary Policy:

  • Code 101/ (A): Sexual Assault
  • Code 205/ (A): Engaging in a Sex Act
  • Code 206/ (A): Making a Sexual Proposal
  • Code 221/ (A): Being in an Unauthorized Area with A Member of the Opposite Sex
  • Code 300/ (A): Indecent Exposure
  • Code 404/ (A): Using Abusive or Obscene Language

Staff Misconduct

The Standards of Employee Conduct prohibit employees from engaging in, or allowing another person to engage in sexual, indecent, profane or abusive language or gestures, and inappropriate visual surveillance of inmates. Influencing, promising or threatening an inmate‟s safety, custody, privacy, housing, privileges, work detail or program status in exchange for sexual favors is also prohibited.

What is sexually abusive behavior?

According to federal law (Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003) sexually abusive behavior is defined as:
a. Rape: the carnal knowledge, oral sodomy, or sexual assault with an object or sexual fondling of a person FORCIBLY or against that person’s will; The carnal knowledge, oral sodomy, or sexual assault with an object or sexual fondling of a person not forcibly or against the person’s will, where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her youth or his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity; or The carnal knowledge, oral sodomy, or sexual assault with an object or sexual fondling of a person achieved through the exploitation of the fear or threat of physical violence or bodily injury.

Carnal Knowledge: contact between the penis and vulva or the penis and the anus, including penetration of any sort, however slight.

Oral Sodomy: contact between the mouth and the penis, the mouth and the vulva, or the mouth and the anus.

b. Sexual Assault with an Object: the use of any hand, finger, object, or other instrument to penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person (NOTE: This does NOT apply to custodial or medical personnel engaged in evidence gathering or legitimate medical treatment, nor to health care provider‟s performing body cavity searches in order to maintain security and safety within the prison).

c. Sexual Fondling: the touching of the private body parts of another person (including the genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, or buttocks) for the purpose of sexual gratification.

What Can You Do if You Are Afraid or Feel Threatened?

If you are afraid or feel you are being threatened or pressured to engage in sexual behaviors, you should discuss your concerns with staff. Because this can be a difficult topic to discuss, some staff, like psychologists, is specially trained to help you deal with problems in this area.

If you feel immediately threatened, approach any staff member and ask for assistance. It is part of his/her job to ensure your safety. If it is a staff member that is threatening you, report your concerns immediately to another staff member that you trust, or follow the procedures for making a confidential report.

What Can You Do if You Are Sexually Assaulted?

If you become a victim of a sexually abusive behavior, you should report it immediately to staff who will offer you protection from the assailant. You do not have to name the inmate(s) or staff assailant(s) in order to receive assistance, but specific information may make it easier for staff to know how best to respond. You will continue to receive protection from the assailant, whether or not you have identified him or her (or agree to testify against him/her).

After reporting any sexual assault, you will be referred immediately for a medical examination and clinical assessment. Even though you many want to clean up after the assault it is important to see medical staff BEFORE you shower, wash, drink, eat, change clothing, or use the bathroom. Medical staff will examine you for injuries which may or may not be readily apparent to you. They can also check you for sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, if appropriate, and gather any physical evidence of assault. The individuals who sexually abuse or assault inmates can only be disciplined and/or prosecuted if the abuse is reported. Regardless of whether your assailant is an inmate or a staff member, it is important to understand that you will never be disciplined or prosecuted for being the victim of a sexual assault.

Contact Offices:

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of the Inspector General
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 4322
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001
Central Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20534
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
302 Sentinel Drive, Suite 200
Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701
North Central Regional Office
Gateway Complex Tower II, 8th Floor
400 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66101-2492
Northeast Regional Office
U.S. Customs House, 7th Floor
2nd and Chestnut Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
South Central Regional Office
4211 Cedar Springs Road, Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 72519
Southeast Regional Office
3800 North Camp Creek Parkway, SW
Building 2000
Atlanta, GA 30331-5099
Western Regional Office
7338 Shoreline Drive
Stockton, CA 95219

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