A Westville Correctional Facility officer was arrested Friday on a charge of
trafficking with an offender, the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC)
According to DOC, Joyce Sokolowski, 54, of Merrillville, reported for work
at the start of her shift. She was then stopped and questioned by Internal
Affairs officers and subsequently found to be in possession of tobacco and
other contraband intended to be delivered to an offender, DOC said.
Sokolowski was transported to the LaPorte County Jail following her
emergency suspension without pay.
Sokolowski was hired in May 2012. Trafficking with an offender is a Class C
felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.
The incident is still under investigation by the facility’s Internal Affairs
Department to determine what charges or internal disciplinary action may be
taken with any offenders allegedly involved.
“It is regrettable that another staff member decided to traffic with an
offender,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said. “At the same time, I am
proud of all our employees who continue to work hard to uncover such
activity and stop it.”
“I congratulate Westville for continuing to weed out those who feel they are
above the law,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon said. “Those who uphold the
honor of their position as state employees simply will not tolerate such