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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE- The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) 2016 Employee of the Year is adding “Investigator” to her repertoire.
Greene County native Jodeana Raney will join the Office of Investigations and Intelligence (OII) as an Investigator IV. Ms. Raney began career with WVCF in 1993, serving as an Administrative Assistant in the Secured Confinement Unit (SCU). In 2005 she advanced to Re-Entry Coordinator.
2007 was a year of change for Jodeana as she embarked on a new career, joining her husband in opening and operating a Bible College. During her time away Ms. Raney earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology, all the while, missing Wabash Valley.
In 2012 Jodeana returned to WVCF joining Internal Affairs (renamed Investigations and Intelligence in 2015) as an Administrative Assistant.
“That’s when I got the bug to become an Investigator,” she said. “My husband was a reserve police officer and loved it while operating the college before leaving to become a full time policeman in 2012 . Now he’s the Worthington, Indiana Chief of Police and as I watched his career I thought, hey I can do that!”
And after two additional promotions, Caseworker in 2014 and Casework Manger in 2015, Jodeana has arrived where she feels she belongs.
“There is always something going on and I love that!” And she believes her Theology background has helped in every part of working in the prison atmosphere, from her time in minimum-security to addressing the special needs of mentally ill offenders. “ I think it helps me to be more understanding and I believe sometimes women can be more effective in getting offenders to open up during investigations.
Jodeana will have a full plate, balancing OII duties while continuing her fostering offender moral development class (MRT or Moral Reconation Therapy) and coordinating PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) responsibilities.
OII Chief Investigator Robbie Marshall knows she’s up to her new challenge.
“Jodeana is a dedicated professional with a solid background in corrections. Her expertise and knowledge of our offender population will be a big asset to our investigative team.”
Investigator IV Jodeana Raney begins her new assignment Aug. 14.
About the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility:
WVCF is located north of Carlisle, Indiana in Sullivan County and began operations in 1992. An average daily population of 1,972 offenders is housed on the 340 acre site adjacent to U.S 41. Total capacity is 2,198 with 651 approved state staff positions including 524 custody and 118 contractual employees. Annual operating costs total nearly 38 million dollars.
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News Writer: Lucy Perry