Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $89,530)
The Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) has been addressing PREA issues in its facilities since the statewide Sexual Assault Prevention Plan and PREA risk assessment were developed more than a decade ago. In that time, the Department has made the following efforts to eliminate sexual abuse and sexual harassment within its adult and juvenile facilities: created statewide Sexual Assault Prevention Plan policy in 2004; continually updated the Plan policy as the PREA standards were passed; created statewide PREA Coordinator and PREA Compliance Manager positions at every facility; developed and disseminated brochures and posters to educate offenders, staff and visitors about IDOC’s zero tolerance policy and sexual abuse reporting system; developed and implemented a PREA sexual violence risk assessment screening tool that is completed 24 hours after intake and reviewed annually; developed and implemented offender education materials that every offender receives at intake to a facility and an orientation of the facility SAP Plan provided within 30 days; developed and implemented PREA/SAP staff/contractor/volunteer training curriculum; developed and implemented a SART with training for sexual assault investigations; developed and implemented a PREA Committee at each facility for reviewing each PREA incident investigated; established offender PREA hotlines accessible on the offender phone system (facility investigators); established a PREA hotline and email address for staff and family member to make reports directly to the Executive Director of PREA; created an electronic Sexual Incident Report system for all PREA Compliance Managers to document allegations and investigation results; applied for and received multiple BJA Zero Tolerance Project grants to assist with development and implementation of the IDOC SAP program; sent staff to the DOJ Certified PREA Auditor training; those who have completed their certification have performed audits for other states; provided training for staff from each facility on PREA audit preparation and compliance with PREA standards; provided training to investigators for conducting sexual abuse investigations in a confinement setting; and purchased and installed cameras to improve existing video surveillance systems at multiple IDOC facilities.
The IDOC contracted with DOJ certified auditors for PREA audits at all facilities during Audit Cycle 2 and 3. Vendors for the adult and juvenile facility audits were selected via an RFQ process. All facilities have completed a corrective action plan and received a final audit. During the second and third audit cycles, all facilities received an onsite audit and completed a corrective action plan. Nineteen facilities have been found to meet all standards in the final report. Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility could not meet the waking hours staffing ratios standard 115.313.
Additionally, the Department has relocated the male and female Youthful Inmates (offenders under 18 convicted as an adult) to juvenile facilities in the Division of Youth Services to bring the State into compliance with Standard 115.14 which requires Youthful Inmates (offenders under 18 convicted as an adult) to be sight and sound separated from adult offenders in housing units.