In the News - Community Corrections

Current Updates

January 12, 2016

The PREA Resource Center (PRC) is currently seeking eight facilities to host Field Training Program (FTP) training audits between September 2017 and March 2018. The FTP provides auditor trainees (ATs) the opportunity to perform all aspects of the audit, with oversight, mentoring, and feedback from experienced Department of Justice (DOJ)-certified PREA Field Training Auditors (FTAs) and PRC and DOJ staff.Each audit will replicate the PREA compliance audit process: pre-audit, onsite audit, and post-audit.

The benefits of participating in a PREA training audit include:

Assistance as the facility prepares for an actual PREA compliance audit.

Access to PREA subject-matter experts who can address PREA implementation concerns.

An opportunity to familiarize staff with the processes and methodology associated with the PREA compliance audit.

Receipt of a written interim report and corrective action recommendations from the FTP audit team within 75 days of completion of the onsite audit.

There is no cost to facilities to participate in this unique training opportunity.

If you are interested in having your facility participate as an FTP training audit site, please complete an application by close of business on February 5, 2017. If you previously submitted an application to be considered for the April 2017 training audits and were not selected, you do not have to submit another application. If you submitted an application, but no longer wish to be considered, please contact PRC staff here.

For more information and to access the application, click here.

The Year in News 2010 - Present

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The Year in News 2009

Oklahoma agency investigates inmate assault claims at the Governor's Mansion
The Oklahoman
Ann Kelley
October 9, 2009
The state Corrections Department is investigating claims that three female inmates working at the Governor’s Mansion were sexually assaulted on the grounds by two state employees. According to records from the state Department of Central Services, Russell Humphries, an executive chef assigned to the mansion, and Anthony Bobelu, a groundskeeper supervisor at the mansion, were fired Sept. 29 for breach of departmental policy.

Denver youth facility staffer charged with abuse
The Denver Post
Howard Pankratz
June 25, 2009
A residential treatment center staff member has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old client. Matthew Crum was charged Wednesday with one count of sexual assault on a child.

The Year in News 2008

Inmate had sex with supervisor during work release, officials say
The Providence Journal
By Tom Mooney
August 14, 2008
According to Rhode Island Department of Corrections Director A. T. Wall, work release inmate Jessica Gonzalez was not disciplined for an alleged sexual relationship with her supervisor due to the standard correctional practice of placing full responsibility on the figure of authority.

Ex-parole officer sentenced to 5 years
The Times-Picayune
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
August 5, 2008
Former Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections probation and parole officer Shannon Stewart has pled guilty to four counts of malfeasance in office for sexually abusing three women who were under his supervision.

Corrections officer indicted on charges of rape, sexual battery
The Plain Dealer
By Sarena McRae
June 13, 2008
Former Women's Northeast Pre-Release Center corrections officer Johnny Fortson has been charged with rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition for the alleged sexual abuse of six inmates at the facility.

Men from Sharon halfway house accused of sexual assaults
The Herald
By Tom Davidson
June 1, 2008
Sharon halfway house Community Corrections Center resident John Aaron Morris has been charged with indecent assault and open lewdness after allegedly making unwanted advances toward a woman on a bench at Bicentennial Park. Fellow resident Bryce Dale Southwick has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault for allegedly forcing a 15 year girl to perform oral sex on him.

Sheriff's deputies charge woman with having sexual relations with person in custody
El Paso Times
May 29, 2008
Counselor Zina Wagner has been charged with violation of civil rights of a person in custody for allegedly having sexual relations with an inmate while employed at the West Texas Community Corrections Department Community Intervention Center.

Former prison guard given jail sentence for sex with inmate
Mercury News
By Associated Press
May 24, 2008
Former Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility officer Mark Susoeff has been sentenced to120 days in jail followed by three years of probation for having oral sex with a female inmate at the facility.

Ex-prison guard said to consider abuse plea deal
The Concord Monitor
By Annmarie Timmins
May 4, 2008
Former Shea Farm halfway house officer Douglas Tower has informed prosecutors that he will consider a plea agreement on eleven remaining charges against him for allegedly sexually assaulting thirteen female inmates under his supervision.

Ex-Court Supervisor Accused Of Sleeping With Inmates
News Channel 5
April 29, 2008
Davidson County Drug Court supervisor Shannon Turner has been fired for allegedly having sex with at least three female inmates at the county residential drug treatment facility.

Three halfway houses riddled with problems
KUSA News 9
By Adam Chodak
April 3, 2008
Colorado has terminated it’s contract with Avalon Correctional Services after an audit has revealed halfway houses run by the company are struggling with issues such as untrained employees and poor living conditions as well as inappropriate sexual relationships between staff and offenders.

N.H. settles prison guard lawsuits for $1.85 million
WCAX News 3
By Associated Press
March 28, 2008
New Hampshire has agreed to pay $1.85 million to 30 female inmates and a state Department of Corrections employee who accused former Concord halfway house officer Douglas Tower of sexually assaulting or harassing them.