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Metro Newsroom

The Mayor Appoints New Corrections Director

Thursday November 6, 2008

New Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.
Director, Mark E. Bolton
Mayor Jerry Abramson today introduced Mark Bolton, most recently the community corrections director for the state of Arizona, as the new director of Louisville Metro Corrections.

“Mark has extensive experience in local and state level corrections systems, with a heavy emphasis on improving treatment of inmates with mental health issues,” Abramson said. “He understands the challenges faced by jails across the country, such as growing populations and shrinking

Bolton spent most of his career in Washington state, including 13 years in the Thurston County (Olympia) Sheriff’s Office as an administrator of the county jail. He worked for two and a half years as the Deputy Director of the King County (Seattle) Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention before accepting the community corrections director job in Arizona last year.

Bolton served as a chief advisor to the Iraqi National Prison System in Baghdad, Iraq for six months in 2004. He handled the operation of two pre-trial detention facilities there while mentoring Iraqi corrections staff in security, budgets and programming.

“Louisville has a progressive, pragmatic approach to corrections – I appreciate the work that’s been done here to improve the daily operations,” Bolton said. “The strengthened communication with local justice agencies and the expanded drug abuse counseling for inmates are examples of some of the innovative programs that I look forward to continuing.”

The search for a new director began after Tom Campbell announced his retirement effective Sept. 30. Campbell managed the jail for nearly four years.

Bolton’s first day will be Nov. 24.