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Date: April 17, 2003 Phone: (919) 716-3727

Administrator named for new prison in Anson County

Cordelia ClarkPOLKTON - Secretary Theodis Beck has named Cordelia Clark correctional administrator for Lanesboro Correctional Institution effective April 1.

"As administrator of a new institution, Ms. Clark will have the challenge of hiring several hundred staff to help her open and run the facility," said Secretary Beck. "Her extensive experience combined with a positive demeanor make her the ideal person to lead this facility."

Lanesboro Correctional Institution is a 1,000-cell, high-security prison under construction adjacent to Brown Creek Correctional Institution in Polkton. The prison is named for the nearby community of Lanesboro.

When complete, the prison will employ about 400 people including correctional officers, administrative, food service, medical, dental and maintenance staff. It will have a standard operating capacity of 864 inmates, with 128 segregation cells and 8 health care beds. Inmate occupancy is planned for December 2003.

"I am looking forward to working with the community and county agencies when recruiting employees to work at Lanesboro," said Clark. "Itís exciting to be involved in the development of a new facility because you can share experiences, build a professional camaraderie and provide some valuable training to career corrections employees."

Clark started her career in corrections as a program assistant at Sandhills Youth Complex. She moved through the ranks, holding such positions as correctional officer, programs supervisor, programs director, assistant superintendent and superintendent. She helped open Brown Creek Correctional Institution and has been superintendent of Hoke Correctional Institution since 1995.

The Hoke County native went to high school in Raeford before receiving a bachelorís degree in political science from Bennett College in Greensboro. She is married to Jay Clark, who retired from the Department of Correction, and they have one son.

Lanesboro Correctional Institution is the second of three new 1,000-cell prisons scheduled to open in the next two years. Scotland Correctional Institution in Laurinburg is scheduled to open in the fall 2003 and Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville is scheduled to open in 2004.

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