FCI Elkton Mental Health of Prisoners

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Counseling Activities

Self-Image groups, and other voluntary groups are available for interested inmates. Such as; Cage your Rage, Re-Entering on Firm Footing, Mentoring, Successful Living, Responsibility for Your Relationships, Attitude – the Choice is Yours, Positive Mental Attitude, Who Moved My Cheese, Memory Power, Seven Habits of Highly Successful People, Self Discovery, Beat the Street and Victim Awareness/Impact Panel.  Inmate participation in these activities will be encouraged but participation in such activities is voluntary.  Staff members in each unit are available for informal counseling sessions.

Psychology Services

All inmates are reviewed by Psychology after their arrival; this may include a face-to-face interview.  Depending upon need and interest, individual counseling for mental health concerns is available.  Also, depending upon need and interest, psychiatric medication is available.  Submit a written request to Psychology Services or come to the Psychology Services Department if you want to arrange to speak with a Psychologist.  In case of a mental health emergency, such as suicidal thinking, immediately contact any staff member.

Various mental health classes or group counseling programs are also available.  The content of these programs will vary over time and a current listing is available in the Psychology Services Department.  Programs usually focus on issues related to adjustment to incarceration or pre-release planning.  Submit a written request to Psychology Services to sign up for these programs.

Sex Offender Treatment Program

The Bureau of Prisons offers sex offender treatment programs at our Sex Offender Management Program (SOMP) institution.  The Bureau’s sex offender treatment programs are stratified into two program levels, residential and non-residential.  The Residential Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP-R) is a high intensity program designed for high risk sexual offenders – ordinarily inmates with multiple sex offenses, or a history of contact sexual offenders.  The SOTP-R is offered at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Devens, Massachusetts.  The Non-residential Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP-NR) is a moderate intensity program designed for low to moderate risk sexual offenders.  Many of the inmates in the SOTP-NR are first-time offenders serving a sentence for an Internet sex crime.  All SOMP institutions offer the SOTP-NR.  The FSL at Elkton will have the Non-residential SOTP.  If you are interested in receiving sex offender treatment and would like to know if you are eligible for such programming, contact Psychology Services.

Sexual Assault/Abuse Prevention and Intervention

All inmates have the right to be safe from sexual assault and abuse.   According to the federal law, Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, sexually abusive behavior is defined as: 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.  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 providers performing body cavity searches in order to maintain security and safety within the prison).

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.  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-Inmates Abuse/Assault when any sexually abusive 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 contact 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 sexually assaulted by another inmate will not be prosecuted or disciplined for reporting the assault.  However, inmates will be penalized for knowingly filing any false report.

Here are some things you can do to prevent sexually abusive behavior
Carry yourself in a confident manner at all times.  Do no 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 ember 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.

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 confidentially 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.  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

Sex Abuse Counseling
Counseling programs are available 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.

Sex Abuse Offenders
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.

Prohibited Acts
Inmate who engage in inappropriate sexual behavior can be prosecuted and/or 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

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