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Terre Haute, Indiana
Terre Haute, Indiana
Wabash Valley Correctional Facility
CARLISLE - The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility (WVCF) is in full compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
The maximum-security facility completed the PREA audit in early July. The results are now official with WVCF meeting 39 standards and exceeding in two others. The three day audit included 32 offender and 42 staff interviews (from day and evening shifts) along with in-depth tours of the facility. The WVCF review was conducted by PREA auditor Noelda Martinez. WVCF Superintendent Richard Brown said Ms. Martinez pointed out an audit rarity, “She said offenders made positive comments about the facility, stating if they had to be in prison they want to be here due to our positive, professional staff.”
Superintendent Brown said WVCF provides multiple internal ways for an offender to privately report sexual abuse. “Population can talk to staff, dial two reporting numbers, use their cell house based kiosk system or file a grievance to get help.”
Between June of last year and May of this year 25 reports of some form of sexual abuse was reported at WVCF. Five cases were substantiated and one was sent to the prosecutor.
14 Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) facilities have completed the PREA audit process with the remaining 11 slated to finish early next year.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act was enacted in 2003 and initiated the development of a set of national standards to prevent, detect and eliminate prison rape. All offenders receive information about PREA during their orientation. Training is provided to new employees and during annual in-service training. The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) is committed to zero tolerance for sexual conduct between staff, volunteers, contractors, visitors or other offenders. All PREA auditors must be certified through the United States Department of Justice.
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