James B. Hunt, Governor
Theodis Beck, Secretary
Patty McQuillan, Public Information Director

Correction News
May 1999

Department of Correction
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Charlotte leaders praise CEASE initiative

School Partnerships help troubled teens

Janet Reno meets with DCC officials in Winston-Salem

Spotlight on Community Corrections Judicial District 15 A

Officers voice concerns over evaluation process

BRIDGE program recruiting inmates to fight fires

Pitt probation officers develop job skills program

Pioneers honor Warden French

Instructor at Harnett named Teacher of the Year

DOC wins 22 safety awards

Criminal justice is a family affair for Alamance JDM

Buddy Way, former JDM of District 20A dies

Pasquotank superintendent Charles Creecy retires

Internship program will benefit the department

News Briefs


Theodis Beck
named Secretary of Correction
RALEIGH — Gov. Jim Hunt named Theodis Beck secretary of the N.C. Department of Correction April 19. Beck replaces Mack Jarvis who retired as secretary of the department in September. Chief Deputy Secretary Joe Hamilton served as acting secretary prior to Beck’s appointment.

"The governor has made an excellent choice, and I’m personally very pleased," Hamilton said. "Theodis is somebody I have a lot of confidence in and who I have a lot of respect for."

Beck, the former deputy secretary of the department since 1997, is the first probation and parole officer to rise through the ranks to become secretary of the department. A native of Asheville, Beck started working for the department in 1975 as a probation and parole officer and was one of the first intensive officers. He was named director of the Division of Adult Probation and Parole Jan. 1, 1995. The first African-American to head the division, Beck was also the first African-American to be named deputy secretary. He is a 1970 graduate of N.C. Central University.

"My hope is that we can continue in the spirit of cooperation and teamwork," Beck said. "We are up against some of our most trying times. My number one priority is looking out for the 800 people impacted by the potential prison closings. We need to look out for our own. We are not just talking about employees but families. u

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