Department of Public Safety and Corrections names first female warden in decade

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has named the first woman in a decade as the new warden of Louisiana’s only women’s correctional facility.

Kristen Thomas, former assistant warden and mental health practitioner, is the first female warden to lead the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women since Mariana Leger who left in 2011. Thomas began her career in 2007 at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. She was later promoted to the Assistant Mental Health Director before transferring to Louisiana State Penitentiary as the Mental Health Director in 2015.

“I am humbled and am grateful for the confidence Secretary Le Blanc has in me to lead Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women,” Thomas said in a press release.

“Warden Thomas brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this position,” Jimmy Le Blanc, Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections secretary said. “Warden Thomas’s extensive educational and clinical background aligns well with the Department’s ongoing efforts to develop a gender-responsive correctional program tailored to the unique needs of females in the criminal justice system.”

“I am excited about this opportunity and dedicated to building a relationship with my staff to successfully carry out the mission and goals of this Department, which include public safety, reentry, programming, and rehabilitation,” Thomas said.

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