Send mail to: 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
John E. Wetzel, Secretary (717) 728-4109
Shirley Moore Smeal, Executive Deputy Secretary (717) 728-4110
Michael Wenerowicz, Acting Deputy Secretary Eastern Region (717) 728-4122 or 4123
Tabb Bickell, Acting Deputy Secretary Central Region (717) 728-4122 or 4123
Steve Glunt, Acting Deputy Secretary Western Region (717) 728-4122 or 4123
Christopher Oppman, Acting Deputy Secretary for Administration (717) 728-4122 or 4123
(Bureaus/Offices are listed alphabetically by their names)
- Harry Jones, Director (717) 728-4037
This bureau is responsible for all of the Department of Corrections' budget and fiscal matters. It also is responsible for management and administrative service activities, such as office management, procurement, automotive services, voice communications, grant financial reporting, inventory and property management and travel services.
- Theron Perez, (717) 728-7763
The Department of Corrections receives legal advice and legal services from attorneys assigned to Office of Chief Counsel for the Department of Corrections. The Office of Chief Counsel reports to the Governor’s Office of General Counsel.
- Luis Resto, Acting Director (717) 728-4060
Responsible for residential facilities located in various Pennsylvania communities. These facilities, also known as half-way houses, provide a transitional process by allowing residents monitored contact with jobs and educational opportunities. The facilities house inmates granted parole by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole or those serving a State Intermediate Punishment sentence. The department also contracts with private vendors to provide specialized treatment and supervision service.
- Anthony Miller, Director (717) 425-7292
A bureau within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections -- Correctional Industries (CI) is tasked with operating factories within DOC institutions to provide inmates with vocational training and work experience in order to: reduce inmate idleness while incarcerated, to assist with an inmate’s successful reentry following release from prison and to reduce inmate recidivism by providing them the work skills to find and keep meaningful employment. CI operates without support of the state General Fund and is financially self-supporting through the sale of its products to Commonwealth agencies, other public sector entities, educational and non-profit organizations.
Education - Steven W. Davy, Director (717) 728-2007
Responsible for directing, monitoring and assisting state prisons in the delivery of educational, vocational and library services. This bureau also ensures that inmates are provided with an opportunity to receive instruction in basic skills and special education that can lead to a GED or a Commonwealth secondary diploma.
Vocational programs offered at various DOC prisons:
Green Environment Ed.
Equal Employment - Raphael Chieke, Director (717) 728-0363
This office develops and monitors the department’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) programs, monitors contract compliance programs, investigates allegations of discrimination and sexual harassment, monitors equal employment in all personnel transactions and policies and promotes diverse recruitment activities. It is responsible for developing the bi-annual Department of Justice, Equal Employment Opportunity plan, the annual Agency Equal Employment Opportunity plan for the Governor’s Office of Administration and the annual Contract Compliance plan for the Department of General Services.
Health Care - Dr. Paul Noel, Acting Director (717) 728-5309
This bureau is responsible for supervising and monitoring the delivery of all medical/dental care services and food service operations throughout the state correctional system. These services are provided at a level consistent with community standards through continuous quality improvement processes, coordinating services with other department bureaus and offices and through networking with support services from applicable community and state agencies.
Human Resources - Ty Stanton, Director (717) 728-2009
This bureau establishes overall policy and procedures for implementing the department’s comprehensive personnel program while ensuring compliance in the areas of staffing, classification and pay, promotion, employee benefits, personnel transactions and payroll, placement/recruitment and labor relations. This bureau also provides guidance on the management of human resources to the secretary and other senior staff of the department.
Information Technology - William Phillips, Director (717) 728-0342
This bureau, which is comprised of three divisions (Enterprise Systems Division, Applications Division and Technology Infrastructure Division), is responsible for providing project management, applications systems development and support services, desktop services and infrastructure services and support, to the Department of Corrections, the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, the Sexual Offender Assessment Board, the Office of Victim Advocate and the Firearm Education and Training Commission.
Mental Health Advocate - Lynn Patrone, (717) 728-4133
This office, which was created in 2015 and reports directly to the secretary of corrections, ensures that offenders get the treatment they should while in prison. Working independently from the DOC's Psychology Office, the mental health advocate complements the DOC's already-existing checks and balances while also ensuring that offenders are connected with benefits upon their release from prison.
Operations - Marcel Tassin, Director (717) 728-0375
This bureau works cooperatively with the Department of General Services and the Department of Labor & Industry for the planning and administering of all facility maintenance, construction/renovation and capital projects, facility buildings as well as land use, surplus property and the department’s safety and environmental program. The bureau also oversees ongoing projects completed by each facility for PennDOT under the Agility Program. The bureau provides annual facility inspections to ensure compliance with appropriate policies and state and local codes while monitoring the safety practices of staff and inmates.
Planning, Research & Statistics
- Bret Bucklen, Ph.D., Director (717) 728-4051
Responsible for directing all planning and research activities within the department and provides detailed data analysis to assist decision-making and short- and long-term planning efforts. It also is responsible for coordinating the department’s reentry efforts.
Psychology Office - Dr. Robert Marsh, Director (717) 728-2096
This office, which was created in early 2014 to separate psychology and psychiatry services from the DOC's Bureau of Health Care Services, is responsible for oversight of mental health and psychiatric services delivered to inmates. This office also is responsible for supervision of the DOC's mental health program manager and four regional licensed psychologist managers. The director of this office reports to the DOC's executive deputy secretary.
Office of Policy, Grants and Legislative Affairs - Diana Woodside, Director (717) 728-4119
This office is responsible for assisting the Governor’s Policy and Legislative Affairs Offices with corrections-related issues. Staff works closely with legislators and tracks legislation with potential impact on the DOC and criminal justice matters; as well as addresses all corrections-related concerns from constituents of legislators. The office also works with outside agencies to advance the governor’s criminal justice policy agenda, as well as develop and promote the Department of Corrections’ initiatives and policy agenda. Additionally, the office oversees all DOC grant activity, including letters of support to outside agencies, grant writing in conjunction with staff and researching funding opportunities. It will also continue to serve as the final appeal level for publications under the DC-ADM 803.
Population Management and Sentence Computation - William Nicklow, Director (717) 728-2817
Population Management is responsible for monitoring all aspects of the inmate population, enabling department officials to successfully manage institution populations. This is accomplished by providing for the quick and efficient movement of inmates based on sound security practices, programming needs, medical, mental health and behavioral needs. This office assesses, analyzes and prepares for the future trends of corrections so that the DOC is ready to meet those needs as they develop. The DOC's inmate transportation and bed management systems are overseen by this office. Centralized Records and Computation Unit is responsible for sentence computation for all inmate receptions, sentence status changes for certified sentences of incarcerated inmates; and administration of the Interstate Corrections Compact, International Prisoner Treaty and witness protection programs.
- Susan McNaughton, Press Secretary (717) 728-4025
This office is responsible for responding to news media requests for information about department policies, procedures, programs, employees and the inmates it incarcerates. Press Office employees also provide guidance and instruction to institutional staff charged with the responsibilities of serving as public information officers. Members of this office also report to the Governor’s Communications/Press Office.
Office of Special Investigations and Intelligence - James Barnacle, Director (717) 728-2033
This office investigates staff corruption and inmate abuse, serves as the point of contact for outside law enforcement and intelligence agencies and conducts background investigations of candidates for employment with the Department of Corrections.
Standards, Audits and Accreditation - Carole Mattis, Director
Established July 20, 2015, this bureau is responsible for Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) compliance, County Inspections and Services, and Standards, Policies and Internal Audits Division. The mission of this newly-established bureau is to direct, manage and implement statewide policies and procedures designed to maintain appropriate accreditation, monitor compliance of county facilities with Title 37, and ensure departmental compliance with PREA.
PREA Compliance Division - Jennifer Feicht, Division Chief (724) 662-1837 x1060
The PREA Compliance Division is responsible for ensuring that the department, including the Bureau of Community Corrections, enforces a zero-tolerance standard to elliminate incidences of sexual abuse, sexual harassment and retaliation while achieving compliance with the standards of the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). This effort includes the implementation of policy, prevention training, specialized training and education, knowledge of first responder duties, and data collection - all of which are developed and monitored by the PREA Compliance Division.
For additional PREA information - click HERE
County Inspection & Services
- Thomas Greishaw, Director (717) 728-4057
This office is responsible for maintaining a statewide program of independent field inspections of all county prisons. This inspection of each county prison is conducted at a minimum of every 12 months and a maximum of every 24 months. Inspections determine prison compliance with controlling Commonwealth statutes and regulations. The office of County Inspections and Services provides technical services to any requesting county prison regarding the interpretation of Pennsylvania Code Title 37, Chapter 95, and resources or recommendations for “best practices.”
Standards, Policies & Internal Audits - Melissa Roberts, Chief (717) 728-2090
Responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining departmental policies; coordinating the accreditation process for all facilities; conducting internal audits of specific areas of operation; compiling audits for all central office bureaus for submission to the deputy secretaries; and overseeing the DOC's Records Retention Program.
Security Division - Victor Mirarchi, Major/Chief of Security (717) 728-3900
This division is responsible for developing and implementing security policies/procedures for emergency preparedness; conducting staffing surveys for all facilities, the Drug Interdiction Unit; Special Response Teams (Hostage Rescue Teams, Hostage Negotiations Teams, Corrections Emergency Response Teams and Corrections Rifle Specialist Teams); and coordinating and monitoring external and internal inspections. This division also serves as a resource for all statewide facility security offices.
Training Academy - Michael Dooley, Director (717) 367-9070
This office is responsible for overseeing the entire department’s staff training and for operating and managing the department’s Training Academy. The academy develops, implements and provides pre-service, in-service and out-service training of all department employees. Training is provided to state and county employees ranging from basic training (required for all new state corrections employees) to management-level courses, instructor courses and specialized courses. This office also hosts conferences, seminars and courses sponsored by other Commonwealth and public agencies. Each fiscal year more than 6,000 state and county employees are trained in more than 250 courses consisting of more than 100 separate subjects.
Treatment Services - Tracy Smith, Acting Director (717) 728-2000
The bureau is responsible for directing, monitoring and assisting state correctional facilities in the assessment of inmate needs and in the delivery of inmate treatment programs. These include: religion and family services; volunteers; casework and counseling programs and services; alcohol and other drug treatment services; inmate classification and risk/needs assessment; diagnostic and classification process; and pardons services. Extensive programs that address alcohol and other drug addiction, sex offenses, violence prevention, criminal thinking, domestic violence and victim awareness are standard in all institutions. Specialized programs focus on areas relevant to specific populations, such as female offenders, parole violators, special needs offenders and long-term offenders.
Victim Advocate - Karen Laird, Director (DOC) (717) 728-2571 or 1-800-322-4472
Responsible for ensuring that the department complies with the mandates of The Pennsylvania Crime Victims Bill of Rights, amended by Act 86 of 2000. The office is responsible for providing registered victims with notification of an inmate’s consideration for parole by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, inmate’s death, transfer to a boot camp, transfer to a mental health facility outside the jurisdiction of the department, escape and/or recapture. The office also coordinates a mediation program for victims of violent crime and the Impact of Crime Class that is taught in all 27 state correctional institutions.