Jefferson S. Dunn,
Jeff Dunn was appointed Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) on April 1, 2015 after serving 28 rewarding years in the United States Air Force and retiring at the rank of Colonel.
Commissioner Dunn leads Alabama’s largest law enforcement agency managing an inmate population of more than 20,000 offenders in 27 correctional institutions; employs a workforce of over 3,300 correctional officers and support staff and operates on an annual budget exceeding $500 million.
Commissioner Dunn has focused the department on providing safe and secure incarceration and rehabilitation. Aligned with his vision to deliver a broad range of effective correctional activities, the department has implemented evidence-based therapeutic and cognitive behavioral programs proven to reduce recidivism. The department has forged a strong partnership with Alabama’s Community College System to provide basic literacy, Adult Basic Education, and General Education Diploma (GED) services to inmates. Also, the department has collaborated with state universities to provide post-secondary education under the Second Chance Pell Grant program. Under his leadership, the department received federal certification to pursue joint ventures through the Prison Industries Enhancement Program designed to provide industry jobs and skills training for higher custody level inmates.
Since his appointment, Commissioner Dunn has established an Inspector General Division to improve operational readiness, built an Anti-Corruption Task Force to promote public accountability throughout the ADOC, created the Alabama Correctional Leadership Academy to provide leadership and professional development for correctional professionals, and obtained federal PREA compliance standards in all institutions to include the Julia Tutwiler Prison, which is recognized as a national model for effective programs and services for women.
Commissioner Dunn graduated from Birmingham Southern College with a degree in English and a commission into the United States Air Force. He holds a Master of Arts in Non-Profit Management from Regent University, a Master of Science in Transportation & Logistics from the Air Force Institute of Technology and Masters in Operational Design and Strategic Studies from the Air University, Maxwell AFB AL.
Commissioner Dunn and his wife, Susan, have been married for 32 years and have two grown children, Shaw and Morgan. They reside in Montgomery, Alabama.