Department of Corrections
RCC Receives Perfect PREA Audit Score
The Roederer Correctional Complex (RCC) received a perfect score of 100 percent during its 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 correctional facilities in the country.
RCC’s primary mission is to serve as the department’s assessment and classification center for all incoming male felons with the exception of those sentenced to death row. More than 7,000 inmates are processed by the institution each year.
The audit team consisted of two PREA auditors – Kenneth VanMeveren and Becc Coyle, from the South Dakota Department of Corrections. The auditors were very through during their tour and interview process and complimented both inmates and staff for their PREA knowledge.
“I am very proud of the staff for their hard work in accomplishing a 100 percent compliance rating for the institution’s first PREA audit,” said RCC Warden Ravonne Sims. “A score such as this can only be achieved through a collective teamwork approach, and indicates an exceptional commitment and dedication to our institutional and departmental initiatives.”
RCC, in La Grange, is the fourth institution within the Department of Corrections to receive 100 percent on its initial PREA audit; all of Kentucky’s institutions are audited every three years under the provisions of this federal law.
Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson also congratulated the RCC employees. “This score speaks volumes about their level of commitment to the job. Meeting the stringent PREA guidelines is not an easy task,” said Thompson. “Kentucky DOC is excelling at this important endeavor and I am extremely proud of the staff of Roederer Correctional Complex.”
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.