Corrections Corporation of America : CCA Names Jason Medlin Warden at Wheeler Correctional Facility
09/22/2011| 12:10pm US/Eastern
Longtime CCA Professional Taking on New Challenge at a New Facility
ALAMO, Ga. – CCA, America's leader in partnership corrections, chose 20-year corrections and law enforcement veteran Jason Medlin as the warden at its Wheeler Correctional Facility in Alamo, Ga. Formerly the warden at Lake City Correctional Facility in Florida, Medlin saw this move as an exciting new challenge.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to join the Wheeler team," said Warden Jason Medlin. "The team at Wheeler has a long history of exceptional operational performance, professionalism, and a strong partnership with our government partner."
Medlin has brought his years of experience in security, operations and leadership to his new post, which he began on September 15. His approach to corrections focuses on continuous staff development and outstanding performance expectations.
"I believe that it is important to develop our staff to become the future leaders of both our facilities, but our company as a whole," said Medlin. "I think that it is important to not only set high standards for operational performance, but to develop systems to develop a culture of continuous improvement."
Medlin began his law enforcement and correctional career as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Military Police in 1991, serving in Somalia. After his service he joined the CCA team at Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in 1997, starting as a correctional officer and quickly working his way up to captain and assistant chief of security before he transferred to CCA's Idaho Correctional Center as the chief of security in 2000. While at Idaho he was promoted to assistant warden of operations, a position he held again three years later at his CCA starting place, Northeast Ohio, and then at another CCA facility, Marion County Jail II in Indianapolis, Ind., until 2007. He was named warden of Lake City in 2007 and was serving that facility in that capacity until his recent move to Wheeler.
Medlin earned his bachelor of science in criminal justice with honors from the University of Phoenix in 2005, and has since earned a masters degree in administration of criminal justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2008. In addition to his duties as warden, he is a professor of criminal justice at the University of Phoenix and Axia College.
Medlin is a member of numerous professional correctional organizations, including the American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendants, and various gang investigation units both regionally and nationally.
Despite his wealth of education, experience and knowledge, Medlin says that his time as a correctional officer is one that he draws upon often while making efforts to help CCA staff develop their skills and improve facilities.
"As a warden, I often reflect on my experience as a correctional officer when making decisions that impact staff," he says. "I was very lucky to work for some of CCA's most outstanding leaders that helped shape my career and positively impacted me as a correctional officer."
About Wheeler Correctional Facility
CCA's Wheeler Correctional Facility is a 3,000-bed facility holding inmates from the Georgia Department of Corrections. The facility is located at 195 North Broad Street in Alamo, Georgia.
CCA is the nation’s largest provider of partnership corrections to federal, state and local government, operating more than 60 facilities, including more than 40 company-owned facilities, with approximately 90,000 beds, in 20 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to providing the residential services for inmates, CCA facilities offer rehabilitation and educational programs, including education, vocation, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment.www.correctionscorp.com