Department of Corrections
BCFC Receives Perfect PREA Audit Score

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 26, 2014  
Contact Information:  Todd Henson
502-564-4726 (office)
502-229-5638 (cell)
 


The Bell County Forestry Camp (BCFC) received a perfect score of 100 percent during its first-ever Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) audit. Signed into law Sept. 4, 2003, PREA is intended to address the detection, prevention, reduction and prosecution of sexual harassment and abuse in all correctional facilities in the country.

The audit team consisted of three certified PREA auditors (certified by the Department of Justice to conduct PREA audits) from the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. Levi Bennett served as the chairperson, with Matt Heckman and Sarah Nelson rounding out the team.

The audit team said it was extremely pleased with responses of the correctional officers and other staff interviewed. The impression given was one of understanding of the training they had received regarding PREA and the importance of their interactions with the inmate population. They further commented that the electronic files received prior to the audit were well organized which made the review go in a very efficient manner.

“My staff has done a tremendous job not only in preparing for this audit, but in displaying that their attitude of inmate protection is a constant,” said BCFC Warden Kathy Litteral.  “I could not be more proud of their hard work and professionalism.”

“I am very proud of everyone at the Bell County Forestry Camp,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “The PREA audit process gives us an opportunity to demonstrate the zero tolerance standard outlined by our policy and to attain a perfect score of 100 percent shows the true dedication of all the staff at BCFC.”

PREA audits consist of 43 national standards that ensure compliance with all facets of this federal legislation. Each of Kentucky’s 12 prisons will receive an initial PREA audit within the first three-year audit period that concludes in August 2016, with follow-up audits conducted once every three years on a continuous cycle.