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.”