Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), which operates the North Georgia Detention Center in Gainesville, announces that Kim White is its new new Managing Director of Inmate Programs. With more than 30 years of industry experience, company officials say White will bring fresh and innovative ideas to both the company and the field of inmate rehabilitation and reentry programming.
"Ms. White has a strong passion for helping inmates build better lives and creating programs that will contribute to their development," said Harley G. Lappin, CCA's Chief Corrections Officer. "This passion will be reflected in her work at CCA and we are excited to see her impact on the department."
White will be overseeing CCA's Inmate Programming department, which offers recidivism-reducing programs and helps prepare inmates for a successful life upon release. The department develops and offers a variety of rehabilitation programs and resources across CCA's system of more than 60 correctional and detention facilities nationwide. Programs address the unique needs of the inmate population, including addictions treatment, education courses, vocational trades and faith-based programs.
White most recently served as assistant director of the Human Resources Management Division for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). She began her career as a correctional officer and over the years has ascended the ranks including nearly seven years as a Regional Director. Her interests in the corrections industry stems from a course she completed in college on correctional institutions, which led to an internship with the BOP. White also holds a degree from Kent State University and completed Harvard University's Executive Education Program for senior managers in government.
"What attracted me to the field of corrections so many years ago was my hunger to make a difference in the world," said White. "My way of giving back is to take care of the under-served, to pay attention to those who need it most."
One success story she proudly tells involves a Vietnam veteran who was an inmate at one of her facilities. White encouraged the man to join the Toastmasters International group, a program that promotes public speaking and leadership skills. His participation in the group, guided by White, led to a complete transformation for the vet.
"Kim has proven to be an industry leader and we are thrilled that she is be bringing that energy and enthusiasm to our team," said Lappin.