Department of Corrections
Jim Erwin Promoted to Deputy Commissioner in Department of Corrections
Kentucky Department of Corrections Commissioner LaDonna Thompson today announced the promotion of James L. Erwin to Deputy Commissioner of Adult Institutions. His promotion is effective immediately. In his new role, he will be in charge of all aspects of operation and administration for Kentucky’s 13 state and two private prisons.
Erwin has been serving as Director of Adult Institutions for the Department since September 2007.
“Jim Erwin is a highly respected veteran of Corrections,” said Thompson. “We were fortunate when he returned to the Kentucky Department of Corrections three years ago. His extensive institutional experience has been a valuable asset to the Department and he is very deserving of this promotion to Deputy Commissioner.”
Erwin began his career in August 1985 as a Correctional Officer with Jefferson County. In 1987 he began work with the state of Kentucky at the Kentucky State Reformatory (KSR), first as a Classification and Treatment Officer and then as a Unit Administrator.
In 1996 Erwin began work for the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as an inspector of institutional services. He continued his career in Ohio as a Unit Management Administrator, Deputy Warden, acting Warden and Warden at several Ohio Prisons. He has been Warden at two institutions with large populations specializing in mental health residential treatment, correctional industries, sex offender treatment and substance abuse treatment.
Erwin is a 1984 graduate of Centre College in Danville and received his master’s degree in Administrative Justice from the University of Louisville in 1987. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Correctional Association, North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, Ohio Wardens and Superintendents Association and International Association of Reentry.
Erwin, his wife Jo, and their two children, Jessica and Ben, reside in Crestwood.