Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has decided to keep A.T. Wall, Rhode Island’s longtime corrections director, and the nation’s longest serving corrections head, in his post.
Wall has served as director of corrections since 2000. A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, Wall is a native Rhode Islander who worked as a prosecutor in Manhattan after law school. He is known as erudite and thoughtful and is well-respected within the corrections community locally and nationally.
In 1987, Wall became assistant director for the corrections department. He moved up to the director’s job on an interim basis in 1999 and was named to the top job in 2000. Wall has held the job under governors Lincoln Almond, Don Carcieri and Lincoln Chafee.
While the corrections department is best known for its role in running the Adult Correctional Institutions, Rhode Island’s corrections department is also in charge of pretrial detention, probation, home confinement sentences and parole administration.
Every adult under correctional supervision is subject to the state corrections department. Wall is the second top cabinet officer under the administration of Gov. Chafee to be kept on by Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo. The other is Janet Coit, director of the Department of Environmental Management.