Alumni Mentor
Criminology & Criminal Justice

Richard Brown

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Richard BrownRichard Brown,
Warden—Wabash Valley Correctional Facility

Richard Brown graduated from Indiana State University in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in criminology. He began his career as a correctional officer at Putnamville Correctional Facility in 1991. After graduating from ISU in June 1992, Richard transferred to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. He was promoted to correctional counselor in 1993. He received the “Counselor of the Year” award in 1995 from the Indiana Correctional Association and was awarded “Employee of the Year” at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility. Richard was promoted to correctional casework manager in 1996. He spent three years in this position before being promoted to unit team manager in 1999. Richard was responsible for supervising 4 maximum security units as unit manager. He was then promoted to assistant superintendent in 2002. Richard gained experience as the assistant superintendent over the next 4 years, sometimes working as the assistant superintendent of operations in programs and administration. He received the “Supervisor of the Year” award in 2006. He transferred to Rockville Correctional Facility in the fall of 2006 and was responsible for supervising operations at that facility.

Richard transferred back to Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in the summer of 2010 as the assistant superintendent of operations. He was appointed to superintendent at Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in 2011. Richard continues in that current position with the new title of warden. Richard has been appointed to many focus groups and committees during his 26-year career with the Indiana Department of Correction. Richard has also served as a PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) auditor for the Department of Justice. Richard is a member of the American Correctional Association and the Indiana Criminal Justice Association. Richard credits his success to the education he received while attending Indiana State University.