Correctional Facility (WCC) has been re-accredited for three years after
review by the American Correctional Association (ACA) during their winter
conference in Tampa, Fla., the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) said
The facility was
initially accredited in 2005 and has been re-accredited every three-year
cycle since then.
“Prior to this
final approval, a team of three independent auditors spent three days at the
facility last October,” DOC said. “They toured the grounds, reviewed
policies, procedures and practices, observed staff, and interviewed
offenders. Every operation and program was evaluated to determine whether
compliance with applicable standards was evident based on documentation and
observed practices. WCC was 100 percent compliant with 59 applicable
mandatory standards and 98.6 percent compliant with 446 applicable
“It is evident that
Westville performs outstanding business practices every day,” Audit Team
Chair Michael Rucker said. “This is particularly significant in light of the
size and complexity of the facility.”
WCC covers 180
acres of land, houses 3,300 inmates in five different sections ranging from
minimum to maximum security, and employs 850.
“This is not
something you can prepare for in a matter of just weeks or months,” WCC
Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said. “It takes a concentrated effort to
maintain a professional approach to our operations on a daily basis.”
“We are extremely
pleased with the review by the American Correctional Association,” DOC
Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. “Indiana can be proud that it is one of the
few states where every Department of Correction Facility is meeting these
stringent standards every day.”
Correctional Association was founded in 1870 to assist correctional
professionals in providing effective and sound practices in corrections.
Correctional Facility was converted from a state mental health hospital to a
prison in 1977. It contains minimum, medium and maximum security units.
Nearly 3,300 offenders are housed at WCF, and over 2,400 are returned to the
community annually from WCC.