Department of Corrections
James Sweatt Named Director of Population Management; Martin ‘Dino’ Granado Promoted to Warden at Roederer
James Sweatt, a 37-year veteran of the Department of Corrections, has been named director of population management. Sweatt most recently served as warden of Roederer Correctional Complex (RCC), a position he has held since March 2003.
Prior to being promoted to warden at RCC, Sweatt served as deputy warden at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex (LLCC). He has 29 years of supervisory and administrative experience in the field of Corrections.
Sweatt worked his way up through the ranks in DOC, starting his career in 1975 as a corrections officer at the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR). In 1980 he was promoted to lieutenant at LLCC but a year later, he returned to the KSR as lieutenant in the Assessment and Classification Center. He remained in that position until 1985 when he was promoted to assistant unit director of the assessment center. In 1987 he was promoted to unit director of the assessment center.
In 1995, Sweatt was promoted and transferred to the Justice Cabinet as assistant director of the Central Kentucky Treatment Center. He held this position until 1997 when he transferred to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Community Service Branch, as DJJ’s court monitor in Louisville. Two years later he returned to the Department of Corrections when he was appointed as deputy warden at LLCC. He served in this position for three years.
“We needed someone with extensive experience in population management to handle the important job of monitoring and coordinating inmate population and transfer issues in DOC prisons and county jails,” said Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson. “James has that experience due to his many years of managing the department’s Assessment and Classification Center that is located at Roederer Correctional Complex. He is someone who has worked his way through the ranks and demonstrated he has the leadership abilities to get the job done.”
Sweatt has been an active member with the Kentucky Council on Crime and Delinquency (KCCD) for over 30 years. He has held the positions of president and treasurer of the Louisville KCCD chapter and he is also a past member of the State Board of Directors for KCCD. Sweatt has been serving as the state KCCD treasurer since 2009. He is also an active member of the Southern States Correctional Association and has helped coordinate the 1998, 2004 and 2007 Southern States Correctional Association Conferences held in Louisville. He also held the position of state representative for the organization for several years.
Martin ‘Dino’ Granado has been promoted to warden at RCC. He comes to the warden’s position after serving as deputy warden at RCC and LLCC for the past four years.
Granado began his career in 1993 as a correctional officer at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW). In 1996 he was promoted to sergeant and in 1999 was promoted again, this time to the rank of lieutenant. He worked in various positions at KCIW such as adjustment chairman, firearms instructor, CPR/first aide instructor and operations lieutenant. In 2003 Granado was promoted to unit administrator at KCIW where he served as the institutional coordinator for the “Paws With A Purpose” dog training program.
In 2005, he transferred to RCC to the prison’s substance abuse program called “Bridges: A Therapeutic Community.” The program was the first of its kind in Kentucky and combines parolees with inmates who are getting ready to be released from prison. While at RCC, he served as an acting unit director and managed the pre-release, grievance, and legal aide services offered to inmates; supervised the academic department; and was the transfer coordinator for the institution.
Before his promotion to deputy warden, Granado also served as the unit director for the Substance Abuse Program (SAP), and institutional KOMS (Kentucky Offender Management System) trainer for RCC. In 2007 he was honored with that year’s “Achievement Award” for RCC.
“Dino Granado is a seasoned corrections professional who started his career as a correctional officer, and then quickly worked his way to the top,” said Thompson. “He is a proven leader and his commitment and dedication has always stood out. We are confident that he will continue to be successful as the new warden of Roederer Correctional Complex.”
Granado is a veteran of the United States Army. He and his wife Mary Beth have 2 children, Antonio, 12 and Selena, 9.