John Baldwin, the Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections, discusses Iowa prisons, prison programs, and the Iowa DOC’s connection to the University of Iowa. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.
John Baldwin is Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections (DOC). Previously, he served as Deputy Director for Administration. As Director, he oversees the operations of nine correctional institutions, eight community-based correctional agencies (CBC’s), and the DOC Central Office. Director Baldwin is responsible for over 4,000 staff and 38,000 offenders.
Appointed Director by Governor Culver and reappointed by Governor Branstad, he has over 36 years experience in Iowa corrections, including helping establish the DOC in 1983. In 1997, Director Baldwin helped develop the Iowa Corrections Offender Network a management based system which collects the data necessary to implement evidence-based practices.
He successfully led the Department’s efforts in 2002 to be designated as a Charter Agency, which allowed DOC the flexibility to improve its government business practices. Director Baldwin received a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from the University of Iowa.
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