Chris Crawford Named Warden at Caldwell Correctional Center

Raleigh

The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Chris Crawford as the new warden of the Caldwell Correctional Center in Lenoir.

Crawford had been the assistant superintendent for custody at Mountain View Correctional in Spruce Pine.

“Warden Crawford is an amazing leader, a true professional with extensive and wide-ranging experience,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “He is an excellent addition to the team of men and women who run our prisons with compassion, care and commitment.”

In his new position, Crawford is responsible for all operations at the Caldwell Correctional Center, which houses medium and minimum custody male offenders and is a designed reentry facility.

Built in 1938, the prison has a maximum capacity of around 240 offenders.

Caldwell Community College works with the prison to provide vocational and academic classes. Offenders may take part in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and the drug and alcohol rehabilitation treatment aftercare program.
Some of the other programs provided at the facility include incentive wage positions, high-school equivalency classes, substance abuse programs, and a wide variety of self-improvement classes, including Reasoning and Rehabilitation, F.A.T.H.E.R. Accountability, and Think Smart.

Offender work assignments at the prison include work release, community work squads, Department of Transportation road crews or in-prison assignments such as maintenance, janitors, groundskeepers or kitchen duties.

Caldwell Correctional was one of 61 field unit prisons renovated or built during the late 1930s to house offenders who worked building roads. The prison housed medium custody adult males in 1966 for one year and housed minimum custody male youth from 1977 to 1981. In the original prison, offenders were housed in a building that had two dormitories. A modular dormitory was added in 1978. Those housing units are still in use today.

A veteran employee to state government, Crawford began his career with the Department of Public Safety in 1991 as a correctional officer at the former Western Youth Institution.

In 1993 he became a juvenile court counselor. Three years later, he returned to Western Youth Institution as a program supervisor. He was promoted in 1999 to program director at the facility and promoted again in 2002 to be the facility’s assistant superintendent for programs.

In 2005, he moved to Avery Mitchell Correctional to be the assistant superintendent for programs at Avery Mitchell Correctional and was named the administrative services manager at Alexander Correctional in 2013. A year later, he was promoted to assistant superintendent for programs at Marion Correctional and was named assistant superintendent for custody at Mountain View Correctional in 2016.  

Crawford obtained an associate degree from Western Piedmont Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology/criminal justice from North Carolina State University.  He has received Basic Correctional Certification, Juvenile Justice Certification, General Instructor Certification, and State Mediation Certification.

He also graduated from Peak Performance leadership and management training as well as the Correctional Leadership Development Program.

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