Three of Vermont's state prisons have passed audits finding them in compliance with federal standards designed to prevent sexual assaults among inmates.
Under the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, the U.S. Justice Department brings in auditors to examine safety practices at correctional facilities around the country.
State corrections officials say Vermont's Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility, Southeastern State Correctional Facility in Windsor and Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield underwent reviews last year and that all three were found in compliance with the standards.
In an email shared with Vermont lawmakers, Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito calls the results a huge accomplishment.
Vermont's other correctional facilities have not had results reported yet from the same round of audits.