LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) — Reports chronicling the prevalence of sexual misconduct at Logan Correctional Center are highlighting the difficulties in proving those claims.
The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), a federal law signed in 2003, created guidelines to protect inmates from rape in prison. Those guidelines include annual inspections — either announced or unannounced — documenting those findings and following up on them as appropriate.
Seven current or former employees of Logan Correctional Center are facing criminal charges or civil lawsuits for alleged sexual misconduct.
But the vast majority of sexual assault and harassment claims at Logan Correctional Center did not have enough evidence to pursue further action. Less than five percent of those claims were substantiated at between 2015 and 2017.
In 2015, the state PREA report shows there were 16 cases of staff sexual misconduct and sexual harassment reported. Only two of those cases were substantiated.
Then in 2016, 54 claims of sexual abuse and harassment were reported. Three of those claims were substantiated while two were listed as ongoing.
The latest report, issued for 2017, dropped the number of claims to 45 but none of them were substantiated. Two were listed as ongoing.
That’s a total of 115 cases in three years — only five of which were substantiated.
PREA also requires an independent auditor to periodically review a prison’s performance compared to federal standards.
An independent auditor from Maryland found Logan Correctional Center met 42 standards required by law with one additional standard considered not applicable to the prison. Those standards including policies on employee training, reporting procedures and protocol for investigations into allegations.
That auditor found the prison to be fully PREA compliant — describing the staff as courteous, cooperative and professional. All 31 randomly selected inmates interviewed in the audit said they felt safe in the prison.
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