Corrections Corporation of America Officer Receives Highest Honor from Association of State Correctional Administrators

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Chief corrections officer Rick Seiter recognized for service, leadership in distinguished career.

Rick Seiter, CCA executive vice president and chief corrections officer

I have known Rick for 25 years and can attest to his dedication to the corrections profession

Rick Seiter, Corrections Corporation of America executive vice president and chief corrections officer, recently received the Louie Wainwright Award from the Association of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA).

The award, which recognizes former corrections directors who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the field, was announced at the American Correctional Association's (ACA) 139th Congress of Correction in August. The award's namesake, Louie Wainwright, served for more than 20 years as secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Reginald A. Wilkinson, a past ASCA president, nominated Seiter for his dedication, innovation and attention to correctional best practices. "I have known Rick for 25 years and can attest to his dedication to the corrections profession," Wilkinson wrote in his nomination. "I credit him with jumpstarting my career in corrections in 1984, when he appointed me to the positions of director of training and warden of the Dayton Correctional Institution."

Seiter's tenure in corrections spans more than three decades and includes more than 20 years in a variety of leadership roles with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He simultaneously served as assistant director of the Federal Prison System for Industries, Education and Training and chief operating officer of Federal Prisons Industries, a government corporation that sells goods manufactured by inmates. Seiter joined CCA in 2005.

"Being recognized by my peers, the people who lead our nation's largest correctional systems, is very meaningful to me," Seiter said. "Corrections is a very challenging career, and I am proud to be recognized as contributing to its improvement by the people who have such awesome responsibilities."

In 1983, Seiter was appointed by Gov. Richard F. Celeste as director of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and served almost six years. As director, Seiter oversaw operations of 18 correctional facilities, the parole board and parole supervision, a staff of 8,000 and an annual budget of approximately $400 million. He also oversaw the construction of 10,000 new prison beds with construction costs of more than $500 million.    

He was also the first chief of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) National Academy of Corrections, which coordinates training activities for practitioners working in state and local adult corrections, including programs in leadership, jail and prison management and offender programming.

For five years after his retirement from the federal government, Seiter was a tenured associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Saint Louis University. He has published several articles and authored two textbooks, Corrections: An Introduction (2008, 2005) and Correctional Administration: Integrating Theory and Practice (2002).

"Dr. Seiter's contributions to professionalizing corrections are unmatched," Wilkinson said. "The strides made under his leadership, in a multitude of capacities, are ones that are indelible to our craft. No one person has been truer in not only wanting to be creative, but building programs and services that work."

About ASCA

The Association of State Correctional Administrators began originally in 1970 as a group of prison directors who shared issues with one another during the annual American Correctional Association meetings. ASCA was formally organized, staffed and incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit corporation in 1985. It has been designated a tax-exempt entity by the IRS. ASCA is dedicated to the improvement of correctional services and practices. For more information, visit

About CCA
CCA is the nation's largest owner and operator of government-contracted correctional and detention facilities and one of the largest prison operators in the United States, behind only the federal government and three states. CCA operates 65 facilities, including 40 company-owned facilities, with a capacity of approximately 86,500 beds, in 19 states and the District of Columbia. CCA specializes in owning, operating and managing prisons and other correctional facilities and providing inmate residential and prisoner transportation services for governmental agencies. In addition to providing the fundamental residential services relating to inmates, our facilities offer a variety of rehabilitation and educational programs, including basic education, religious services, life skills and employment training and substance abuse treatment. To learn more about CCA, visit and online news site


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