ISP certified for rape prevention

MICHIGAN CITY – The Indiana State Prison has been certified as fully compliant with the National Prison Rape Elimination Act, which means 100 percent compliance with each of 43 standards and subsections, 189 in total, according to Warden Ron Neal. ISP met all standards required for compliance and exceeded the standards in two areas: staff and volunteer training during a three-day site-review in April.

Among steps taken by the facility to comply with PREA: increasing inmate education about rights, and adjusting the process used to notify offenders of the duty to report for medical and mental health care staff, Neal said. The Department of Justice issued the PREA standards in 2012 to ensure agencies are able to detect, prevent and decrease sexual harassment and sexual abuse of inmates by other inmates and staff. Neal expressed his appreciation to the staff for their efforts during the audit. 


Free coffee for teachers on Tuesday

MICHIGAN CITY – Biggby Coffee will host its own Teacher Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Sept. 3, when all teachers with receive a free 16-ounce hot or iced specialty beverage with a school ID. And while supplies last, teachers will also get a free mug at all stores, including the Michigan City location at 3401 Franklin St.


Board of Works to consider requests

MICHIGAN CITY – The Board of Public Works & Safety will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes requests to use city property to temporarily place excavated sand for a new building; Michigan City High School to close portions of Ripley and Franklin streets for its homecoming parade; Road to Life Church to conduct a Silent Walk on sidewalks along Franklin from Coolspring to Barker Road to bring awareness of human trafficking; and Minority Health Partners of La Porte County to conduct a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk on sidewalks on 7th Street, Wabash, 8th and Franklin streets.


Fire Merit Commission to meet

MICHIGAN CITY – The Michigan City Fire Merit Commission will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 E. Michigan Blvd. The agenda includes updates on the recent written test, which was passed by 19 of 26 applicants, who will next take agility tests; dates for practice sessions, and open appeals.

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