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Kentucky Department of Corrections names Randy White as deputy commissioner of Adult Institutions

The Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) has announced Randy White as deputy commissioner of Adult Institutions.

In his new role, White will be in charge of all aspects of operation and administration for Kentucky’s 12 state prisons. He will also oversee the department’s substance abuse treatment, health services, correctional industries, private prison, education, and programs divisions.

Randy White

White has served for the past six years as warden of the Kentucky State Penitentiary (KSP), the state’s oldest and only maximum-security prison. While at KSP, he assisted in creating and implementing the Restrictive Housing Transition Program, designed to address behavioral management issues for inmates in restrictive housing. In addition, he has increased evidence-based, behavior modification programming by 60 percent at the prison. His leadership has proven that evidence-based programming not only assists the inmate population and re-entry efforts, but also improves institutional security.

“Randy White exemplifies the kind of smart, steady and savvy leadership we need,” said Secretary Tilley. “His commitment to best practices in corrections is clear; improving outcomes most recently as warden at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. We look forward to Randy becoming a member of DOC’s leadership team.”

A 22-year veteran of corrections, White began his career as a correctional officer at Northpoint Training Center in 1996. After a series of promotions that took him to Eastern Kentucky Correctional Complex, Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women and Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, he assumed his first wardenship at Green River Correctional Complex in 2009.

In addition to his DOC service, White served our nation as a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard. He had two stateside activations and was twice mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In October 2004, White was mobilized and was assigned to conduct combat patrols and convoy escorts in and around Baghdad, Iraq. He was additionally assigned to conduct mentoring and joint combat operations with two separate companies of the Iraqi Highway Patrol during the latter half of 2005. It was on one of those missions with the Iraqi Highway Patrol that White earned his Purple Heart. The vehicle they were riding in was destroyed by a roadside bomb (IED) and everyone was knocked unconscious as the vehicle careened off the road and into a canal. White also received the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Badge, and the Iraqi Campaign Medal for his service during his deployment.

“I am honored to accept this position and looking forward to working with the Justice Cabinet, Commissioner Erwin and our current institutional leadership,” said White. “We have a very strong team in place and we will continue to work hard to carry out the mission of the department.”

White is a native of Wolfe County and a 1994 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University where he received his bachelor’s degree in corrections/juvenile services and police administration. He was a recipient of the department’s highest honor, a Commissioner’s Award, in 2006. He is a 2007 graduate of the Commissioner’s Executive Leadership Program.

From Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet

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  1. Robin Campbell says:

    I am begging for help to get my son Anthony Campbell out of eastern Kentucky prison and into a mental hospital before he ends up dead .He went to prison for drugs and he is on them worse in there than he ever was on the streets.He has went through about 30,000 of his grandmothers money where he gets the drugs and she’s scared he will get beat up .I seen him in November and I couldn’t believe the way he looked .He had needle marks on his arm no teeth and could not carry s conversation .That stiuff has to be coming from the inside .Pkease help me get him out of there and the help he needs .Ive went to everyone I can think of adult institutions told me to contact you .Thank you for your tone

  2. Jessica L Howard says:

    Hi on behalf of Joseph Harrison this is my last resort I’ve tried everything I’ve been trying for the past almost 5 months now my best friend and my significant other whom is a very good step father to my kids has been in daviess county detention center over restitution for the past five months and it’s almost Christmas and my kids are going to miss it with him and he was just starting to turn his life around and everything he was doing so good please help me get him released please I’m begging you he needs to be able to get Indus River valley to get back on his mental health medication. Two of my children are disabled I have three all together they’re all boys is very hard to find someone that wants to better their life and actually try to help better the life of others to just please let me know something I mean I’ve been begging his lawyer have been bugging him for 5 months literally and I don’t know what to do thank you for your time.

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