Departments and Divisions


To protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and offenders in carrying out the mandates of the legislative and judicial processes; and, to provide opportunities for offenders to acquire skills which facilitate non-criminal behavior.

 Commissioner's Office



Deputy Commissioner of Adult Institutions, Jim Erwin 

Deputy Commissioner of Adult Institutions, Jim Erwin

James L. Erwin is a 32-year veteran of Corrections.  Before his promotion to Deputy Commissioner he served as Director of Adult Institutions for the Department for three years.

Erwin began his career in August 1985 as a Correctional Officer with Jefferson County.  In 1987 he began work with the state of Kentucky at the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR), first as a Classification and Treatment Officer and then as a Unit Administrator.

In 1996 Erwin began work for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as an inspector of institutional services.  He continued his career in Ohio as a Unit Management Administrator, Deputy Warden, acting Warden and Warden at several Ohio Prisons.  He has been Warden at two institutions with large populations specializing in mental health residential treatment, correctional industries, sex offender treatment and substance abuse treatment.

Erwin is a 1984 graduate of Centre College in Danville and received his master’s degree in Administrative Justice from the University of Louisville in 1987.  He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Correctional Association, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association and International Association of Reentry.

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