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Wendy Leach

Wendy Leach

The Moss Group, Inc
Senior Consultant, PREA Certified Auditor
Washington, DC, USA

Wendy Leach is a Senior Consultant with The Moss Group, Inc. where she provides her expertise in inmate physical and sexual safety, conditions of confinement and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). Prior to joining The Moss Group, Ms. Leach was a prosecutor in Baltimore Maryland, managed a federal settlement agreement, and later served as the statewide Director of Quality Improvement and as a corrections consultant. She is also a Department of Justice certified PREA auditor.

Ms. Leach was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore and prosecuted both juveniles and adults, with a docket that focused on handgun-related violent offenses. She was also a War Room prosecutor specializing in targeting new cases of violent repeat offenders. She was later tasked with assisting the State of Maryland in complying with and exiting a U.S. Department of Justice settlement agreement involving the conditions of confinement in three detention facilities, which included required changes in incident reporting, restraint use, suicide watch procedures, behavior management practices, overuse of restraints, and improper uses of isolation. Due to her efforts, all three facilities reached full compliance and exited federal oversight on time over a four-year period, earning her a Governor’s Citation.

Afterwards, Ms. Leach was promoted to Director of Quality Improvement where she was directly responsible for creating a system of facility quality assurance metrics. Ms. Leach had oversight of eight state detention facilities and a young women’s treatment facility. She has a tremendous amount of experience interviewing detainees of all kinds, working closely with facility leadership, developing policy revisions and operating procedures, assisting with physical plant and staff-related topics, and training staff in order to ensure understanding and compliance with policy.

She went on to become a consultant providing quality assurance reviews as well as audits, technical assistance and training in incident response, senior management review, suicide prevention, behavior management, overuse of restraints, sexual safety, seclusion practices and PREA. She worked nationwide to ensure facilities were prepared for PREA audits and was the first auditor to audit the first PREA compliant juvenile facility in the United States. As a Senior Consultant with The Moss Group, she has worked in numerous jurisdictions providing training and assistance in PREA compliance, performing mock audits, assessing facility operations and completing system-wide policy reviews. She has assessed prisons and jails around the country, has been a faculty member at the national PREA Auditor Training, has spoken at various summits and conferences and has led multi-member teams in prison and jail assessments. She is a graduate of Albany Law School in Albany, New York.


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