The Division of Adult Correction has named Anthony Perry as the new warden of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh.
Since 2015, Perry had been the warden at Wake Correctional, where he spent much of his more than three-decade career.
“Warden Perry is a truly remarkable leader with a hands-on approach to managing a complex prison with keen attention to detail,” said Brandeshawn Harris, Interim Commissioner of Prisons. “He has a proven track record as an outstanding correctional professional whose care and compassion is notable.”
A veteran employee to state government, Perry began his career as a correctional officer at the now-closed Polk Youth Center in 1988.
He rose through the ranks to sergeant in 1996, then lieutenant, and was named assistant superintendent for custody and operations at Wake Correctional in Raleigh in 2007. He was tapped to be the warden of that minimum-custody prison in 2015.
Perry has completed the Department of Public Safety’s PEAK performance leadership and management training. He is a member of American Correctional Association and the State Employees Association of North Carolina.
In his new position, Perry is responsible for all operations at the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women, an expansive prison complex that houses more than 1,000 women. It is one of the largest prisons in the state.
The campus-style facility dates back to the 1930s and houses offenders of all custody levels and control statuses, including death row, medium, minimum and safekeepers. The prison provides the primary medical, mental health, and alcohol and chemical dependency treatment for female offenders.
The facility operates a diagnostic center that serves as the point of entry into the prison system for women. Upon arrival, offenders undergo a series of diagnostic evaluations that determine future prison assignments.
Some of the programs available to NCCIW offenders include a license tag plant, dental lab, travel and tourism information call center, high school equivalency preparation and testing, cosmetology classes and a variety of self-help initiatives, for issues such as alcohol abuse.