RALEIGH — The Division of Adult Correction has named Jamel James the warden of Central Prison.
James is a 23-year veteran with the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He has served as warden of Franklin Correctional Center since 2021.
“Warden James is a proven leader and a true corrections professional,” said interim Commissioner of Prisons Brandeshawn Harris in announcing the appointment. “He will work to maintain the security of the facility to ensure the safety of staff, offenders and the community at large.”
In his new position, James is responsible for all operations at Central Prison, which is a male, high-security, close-custody facility. It has been in continuous service since 1884.
A modern hospital opened at the prison in 2011 with operating rooms and a dialysis unit. The prison is also one of the largest mental health facilities in the state with multidisciplinary teams including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses and behavioral specialists providing mental health care.
He has completed PEAK Performance training and is a recent graduate of the Correctional Leadership Development Program. He is a member of the North American Association of Wardens, the American Correctional Association, the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) and SEANC District 41.
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