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Director of the Department of Corrections Odie Washington Confirmation Resolution of 1999
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Chairman Linda W. Cropp at the request of the Mayor


Chairman Cropp, at the request of the Mayor, introduced the following resolution, which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

To confirm the Mayoral appointment of Mr. Odie Washington as the Director of the Department of Corrections.

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this resolution may be cited as the "Director of the Department of Corrections Odie Washington Confirmation Resolution of 1999"

Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia confirms the appointment of:

Mr. Odie Washington
2521 Woodfield Road
Springfield, Illinois 62707

as the Director of the Department of Corrections, in accordance with section 2 of the Confirmation Act of 1978, effective March 3, 1979, (D.C. Law 2-142; D.C. Code Section 1-633.7), to serve at the pleasure of the Mayor of the District of Columbia.

Sec. 3. The Council of the District of Columbia shall transmit a copy of this resolution, upon its adoption, each to the nominee and to the Office of the Mayor.

Sec. 4. This resolution shall take effect immediately.

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Odie Washington

Odie Washington, 49, has completed 49 years with the Illinois Department of Corrections. Illinois Governor Jim Edgar appointment him Director of the Department on December 30, 1994 until January 19, 1999.

IDOC is the second largest agency in the Illinois State government. As Director, Mr. Washington was responsible for the supervision of 75,000 offenders, overseeing operations at 25 existing adult prisons, four prisons under design or construction, 10 work camps and three impact incarceration Programs (boot camps), eight juvenile facilities, a new juvenile boot camp, 11 community correctional centers, and community supervision of adults and juveniles who have complete terms of incarceration.

The Adult Division is one of the largest prison systems in the nation, incarcerating over 43,000 inmates. More than 2,100 juveniles are confined to seven youth centers designed to accommodate 1,260. The Department operates on a budget of more than $1 billion and employs more than 15,000 staff. Mr. Washington also administered a $50 million fund the Department uses to put inmates to work in Illinois Correctional industries programs.

Prior to his appointment as Director, Mr. Washington served as Warden of the 1,900 inmate Dixon Correctional Center. Dixon Correctional Center, a co-correctional facility that also houses developmentally disabled male inmates, is the largest medium security prison in the system. Mr. Washington also served as Warden at the minimum security East Moline Correctional Center for four years and was Assistant Warden of the maximum security Pontiac Correctional Center for four years. In addition, he served as a Unit Superintendent at the maximum security Stateville Correctional Center and in administrative posts at the Illinois Youth Centers at St. Charles, Valley View, and the former Morris Residential Center. Since 1991, he has served as a consultant to the American Correctional Association on prison standards and accreditation.

Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Mr. Washington to serve a four-year term on the 20-member Advisory Board for the National Institute of Corrections. He also serves on the 16-member board for the Commission on Accreditation for Corrections. The Commission is responsible for accreditation of all correctional facilities in the United States. In addition, Mr. Washington is a member of the Standards Committee for the American Correctional Association.

Mr. Washington holds a Master's degree in Public Administration for Roosevelt University and a Bachelor's degree in Criminology/Corrections from Aurora University. He is the recipient of the 1996 Aurora University Outstanding Alumni Award and completed the Program for Senior Executives at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1998.

A firm believer in volunteerism and community service, Mr. Washington sponsored an annual Director's Charity Golf Tournament. All proceeds from this event were donated to community groups focusing on the needs of disadvantaged children. In addition, Mr. Washington served as President of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield. He is married with three children.

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2521 Woodfield Road
Springfield, Illinois 62707

Phone: 217-546-8106 (home)
Phone: 217/524-7703 (home)
Phone: 217/522-2666 (work)
Fax: 217/522-8719

Odie Washington


Birth Date: December 22, 1949
Wife: Patricia Washington
Children: Darryl, Sharryl and Kimberly
Health: Excellent
Height & Weight: 5'11" 175 pounds


1979-1981, Roosevelt University, Chicago, Il., Master's Degree — Public Administration

1972-1973, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, Master's Degree Program — 24 hours completed, Area of concentration — Criminal Justice Education

1968-1972, Aurora College, Aurora, Illinois, B.A. Degree — Criminology/Corrections

1964-1968, Hyde Park High School


Jan. 1995–Present, Director, Illinois Department of Corrections, 1301 Concordia Court, Springfield, IL 62794-9277

As Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, oversee operations at 27 adult prisons, 10 work camps and three Impact Incarceration programs (boot camps), eight juvenile facilities, one juvenile boot camp, 11 community correctional centers, and supervision of adult and juvenile parolees.

April 1991–December 1995, Warden, Dixon Corrections Center (Medium Security Co-Correctional), 2500 North Brinton Avenue, Dixon, Illinois 61021

Responsible for administering and directing overall operations and activities of the Dixon Correctional Center; formulating rules and regulations for Correctional Center employees and inmates; fostering community and civic relations.

1992–1995, Part-time Instructor, Sauk Valley Community College, 173 Illinois Route 2, Dixon, Illinois 61021

Preparation of curriculum and teaching a class in the Criminal Justice field.

August 1986–April 1991, Warden, East Moline Correctional Center (Medium Security), 100 Hillcrest Road, East Moline, Illinois 61244

Responsibilities included administering and directing overall operations and activities of the East Moline Correctional Center; formulating rules and regulations for Correctional Center employees and inmates, and fostering community and civic relations.

January 1991–Present, Accreditation Consultant, American Correctional Association, 8025 Laurel Lakes Court, Laurel, Maryland, 20707-5075

Serve as Consultant and participate in the inspection and accreditation process of state and federal correctional facilitates.

July 1982–August 1986, Assistant Warden of Programs (Medium Security), Pontiac Correctional Center, 700 W. Lincoln Street, Pontiac, Illinois 61664

Responsible for planning, organizing and directing all Program Services (i.e., Academic, Medical, Recreation, Chaplaincy, Library, Record Office) for the rehabilitation and resocialization of inmates at the Pontiac Correctional Center. Supervised Segregation Unit, Condemned Unit, and Protective Custody Units. Served as Accreditation Manager.

July 1981–July 1982, Superintendent (Medium Security), Stateville Correctional Center, P.O. Box 112, Joliet, Illinois 60436

Served as Unit Superintendent and supervised all activities (programs and operations) of a cell house as well as supervision of Department Heads and major administrative functions at the Stateville Correctional Center. Served as Accreditation Manager.

June 1981–July 1981, Executive II (Medium Security–Juvenile), IYC St. Charles, P.O. Box 122, St. Charles, Illinois 60174

Responsible for the overall development, administration and implementation of a Staff Development and Training Program for all employees at IYC-St. Charles. Additional responsibilities included serving as Employee Review Officer, Internal Investigator, Program Auditor, and serving on the Accreditation Team.

February 1980–February 1981, Residential Director (Minimum Security–Juvenile), Morris Residential Center, Morris, Illinois

Administered and delegated responsibility for all major functions of the Morris Residential Center, including program development and implementation, education, custody, security, safety, physical plan, business and fiscal operations, community relations, etc. Assured adherence to and compliance with all appropriate policies and procedures. Kept abreast of correctional trends, general law enforcement practices, and new program techniques. Additional duty included serving as Special Employee Review Officer for Juvenile Residential Centers. Served as Accreditation Manager.

June 1976–February 1980, Assistant Residential Director (Minimum Security–Juvenile), Morris Residential Center, Morris, Illinois

Developed and administered the Residential Center's treatment program, including educational land counseling programs. Directly responsible for administering and implementing volunteer and leisure time services programs. Served as Staff Trainer, Officer of the Day, and Employee Review Officer. Initially coordinated the Group life Program (Security and Supervision) for one year.

December 1973–June 1976, Correctional Counselor (Medium Security–Juvenile), IYC Valley View, St. Charles, Illinois

Served a case load of youths in the Institution Based Counseling Continuum Program, these responsibilities included the administration of case work procedure relative to each youth's treatment plan, development and implementation of community related services, direct involvement in general supervision.


Commissioner, American Correctional Association Commission on Accreditation for Corrections — 1998-2002
Advisory Board Member, National Institution of Corrections – 1997-2000
Member, Standards and Accreditation Committee, American Correctional Association
President, Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield, 1998-1999
Chair, Standards and Accreditation Committee, Association of Correctional Administrators


American Correctional Association
Association of State Correctional Administrators
Toastmasters International
National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
Rotary International
National Association of Sports Officials (NASO)
Correctional Accreditation Managers Association
National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

REFERENCES Available upon request

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