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Westville Correctional meets federal standards for reducing sexual violence

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The Westville Correctional Facility (WCC) has passed it federal audit for compliance with the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC) announced on Wednesday.

“The facility is now certified as being in 100-percent compliance with the federal PREA standards,” DOC said.

The PREA audit team consisted of individuals certified in PREA requirements by the Department of Justice. “Throughout the five day audit, the team members were very complimentary of the high level of professionalism demonstrated by staff, noting that staff created a positive culture and enforced zero tolerance for sexual assaults within the facility,” DOC noted.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, enacted in 2003, mandated the promulgation of national standards to prevent incidents of sexual violence in prisons, jails, and detention facilities nationwide. After nearly a decade of development and input from legislators and correctional professionals, more than 500 standards were finalized requiring full compliance.

“Our facility is committed to being fully compliant with all federal laws and requirements,” Westville CF Superintendent Mark Sevier praised his staff. “Due to your hard work and strict enforcement of the PREA requirements, we have met that compliance regarding PREA.”



Posted 12/1/2016




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