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Secretary of Corrections

John Wetzel, widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in corrections today, was appointed Secretary of Corrections for the PA DOC (January 2011) by Governor Corbett and reappointed by Governor Wolf (January 2015).  During his tenure an elimination of a 24-year average growth of 1,500 inmates per year occurred presiding over the first population reduction in PA in more than four decades, and a restructuring of the community dorrections and mental health systems, along with a re-engineering of internal processes to yield a more efficient system of program delivery.  With more than 29 years of experience in the corrections field, he has been selected as chair of the Council of State Government's Justice Center's Executive Board and Vice President of ASCA. He is a member of Harvard's Executive Session on Community Corrections. A graduate of Bloomsburg University, in May 2016, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, along with Chestnut Hill College in May 2018, each presented to him an honorary doctor of laws. 
Updated June 2018