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The Westville Correctional Facility first opened in 1951 as Beatty Memorial Hospital, a state-run mental health facility. In 1979, the campus was converted to a correctional facility. Today, the facility is at the end of its useful life; posing severe safety and security risks for our staff and the incarcerated population housed there. Current statistical data tells us 80% of the incarcerated population needs access to mental health and/or addiction recovery services. The new facility design allows for expanded medical services, better programming space, and increased educational opportunities to support our continued efforts in reducing recidivism.

Setting Indiana Apart in Corrections

Incarceration is changing with the focus shifting from punishment to rehabilitation. The New Correctional Facility at Westville, Indiana is a model for how to provide those services.

  • No officer works alone with central security stations.
  • Allows for units to be individually secured as needed.
  • Will not be possible to throw items over fence.
  • Every element of the facility is designed with the safety of staff and the incarcerated population in mind.
  • Programming is more accessible, helping address needs that lead to recidivism.
  • Design allows for more effective delivery of health care services, including a dedicated mental health and addiction recovery unit.
  • Designed for Safety and Efficiency
    • Reduces the current footprint by more than 25%.
    • Increases capacity to 4,200 incarcerated individuals but reduces staffing requirements (thru attrition).
    • Energy efficient building augmented with solar thermal panels which offset the increased costs of air conditioning.
  • Designed as a Prison
    • Corrections-grade materials used in construction.
    • Perimeter wall assists with contraband interdiction and public safety.
    • Celled space throughout the facility allows for the incarcerated population and units to be individually secured.
    • Housing units designed with central security stations giving officers a clear line of sight to all living areas.
  • Designed with Programming in Mind
    • Dedicated mental health unit designed specifically to address the needs of this growing population.
    • Dedicated mental health unit designed specifically to address the needs of this growing population.
    • 18,000 square feet of educational space and expanded vocational training opportunities, including HVAC, RV repair, automotive services, culinary arts, and food service.
    • Pell On-unit programming space to allow for programming to continue through lockdowns and outbreaks such as COVID-19.
    • Dedicated classroom space for re-entry and post-incarceration employment preparation.

A Significant Community Investment for LaPorte County

$1.2 Billion Invested

1,500+ Jobs Created

Low Vacancy - High Demand

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New Westville Facility Construction Project Status

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Westville Correctional Facility was first built as Beatty Memorial Hospital, a state-run mental health facility, which opened in 1951. In 1979, following renovations and additions, the campus was converted to a correctional facility. The medium-security facility has a capacity for more than 3,400 beds, with a 220-bed Maximum Control Complex.

Where We are Now

The facility is at the end of its useful life. Three to four time a year, we have a catastrophic failure to some system, requiring emergency heat or water or port-o-potties for days or weeks.

  • Repeated electrical system failures: Replacement cost = $50 – 60 million
  • Facility heated by outdated boilers: Replacement cost = $150 million
    • 2/3 of education building unusable because cannot be heated
  • Sewage system needs replaced: Replacement cost = $50 million
    • Inadequate number of toilets and showers for population, only option is addition
  • No air conditioning: Poses challenges for staff, medications, etc.
  • Asbestos must be removed if any significant work is done = high cost
  • Security concerns due to condition of facility
  • Layout of facility poses significant challenge
    • 4 kitchens, all at end of life
    • Delivering medications in 6 different locations
    • Staffing 4,200 beds in new facility requires same staffing due to efficiencies

Looking Ahead

Our population numbers will go back up. Court filings and dispositions are rebounding post COVID-19, while our releases are decreasing.

  • Dispositions: 2020 – 57,793     2021 – 68,932      2022 (projected) - 73,152
  • DOC releases: 2012 – 19,332     2017 – 12,328      2021 – 9,750

We need maximum security beds. Growth will continue in the future.

  • Majority of maximum security facilities are more than 90% full since at least 2019.
    • Grown from 3,700 in 2012 to 4,200+ in 2022.
  • Need for celled space vs. dorm housing in maximum security.
    • 3 facilities have total of 65 general population cells available

Incarceration is changing. Focus has shifted from punishment to rehabilitation for improved outcomes. New Westville is a model for how to provide those services.

  • More programming and better access
  • 80% of incarcerated population needs mental health and/or addiction recovery services

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