Background Check: Staying on Course

By Lisa Kopochinski
From a very young age, Lorenzo Lopez wanted to become an architect — a career he has never veered from and one that he continues to find rewarding and challenging.

Background Check: Best-In-Class Health Care

Jacqueline Moore expected her first correctional health care assignment to take about six months. Thirty-four years later, she's still in the field.

The Lineman: John E. Wetzel, Pennsylvania’s New Secretary of Corrections

By: Ahavah Revis
As the commonwealth’s second youngest corrections secretary in history, John E. Wetzel, at 42, brings an unassuming, no-nonsense attitude to his greatest challenge to date: revamping the state’s prison system. Elected by former state attorney general Gov. Tom Corbett (R), Wetzel candidly states that “population is one of our biggest challenges,” and concedes the number of inmates was rising but “we are certainly expecting to reverse that trend,” noting it’s been flat the last year. One projection called for its numbers to reach 58,000 by 2014 and Wetzel said he is working hard to address that.

Background Check: On Schedule with California Receiver J. Clark Kelso

J. Clark Kelso is receiver at California Correctional Health Care Services, which is responsible for providing medical care to 166,000 inmates (93 percent male and 7 percent female) at 33 adult institutions in California and overseeing more than 7,000 California prison medical care positions, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and administrative staff.

Erford Harrison

By Candice Dyer
When Erford Harrison joined Habersham Metal Products in 1956, building a detention facility meant years of heavy lifting, and piecemeal construction, finally crosshatched and finished with the clang of those iconic iron bars.

Background Check: John Armstrong

By Bryce Hubner
John Armstrong, 55, opted for an early retirement from the Connecticut DOC in 2003 after serving two terms as commissioner to enter academia as a professor.

Taking Aim: Argyle CEO Youngblood Hunts Success as Economy Reloads

By Bryce Hubner
Sam Youngblood brings 34 years of industry experience to the position, including three years as president and COO of Argyle and 15 years as CEO of detention equipment contractor ISI Detention.

Background Check: Mike Retford, AECOM

By Bryce Hubner
Mike Retford, a project principal with primary responsibility for the western United States at design firm AECOM, brings 28 years of justice experience to his work in the field.

Jerry Elmblad, A Plant Guy

Jerry Elmblad’s office at the Michigan Department of Corrections in Lansing is littered with papers and publications on cutting-edge technologies. With 25 years in the department, Elmblad has become one of the correctional industry’s foremost experts on energy use reduction.

Background Check: Darrel Stelling, of DLR Group

For Darrell Stelling, DLR Group’s criminal justice market leader for California, planning correctional facilities was the logical next step in the early development of his career. The efficiencies that are required for 24/7 operations at prisons and jails correspond well with his thought process for facility design.