The longtime head of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections, A.T. Wall, is retiring. He plans to leave the prison system early next year.
Wall has led the Corrections Department for nearly two decades and is the longest-serving corrections head in the country.
"I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last 30 years," he said in a statement released by the governor's office. "We have expanded, upgraded and improved our services, have invested in evidence-based programs which have helped reduce recidivism and have taken steps to fight the opioid overdose crisis. It has been my privilege to work with such a talented, knowledgeable, dedicated and conscientious group of professionals in the Department who provide supervision, support and coverage to ensure public safety. I appreciate the opportunity Governor Raimondo and her predecessors have given me to serve this state."
Wall’s responsibilities include overseeing the state prison in Cranston known as the Adult Correctional Institutions.
"A.T. is a treasure and has dedicated his life to public service. I am personally grateful for the three decades of service he has given to Rhode Island," Gov. Gina Raimondo said. "A.T. is directly responsible for efforts that have saved lives in Rhode Island. Under his direction, we're offering medication assisted treatment for inmates at the ACI struggling with substance use disorder. For nearly two decades as the director of corrections, A.T. has been a model of professionalism and has earned the respect of his peers across the country."
Wall began his career as a probation officer. He returned to his native Rhode Island in 1985 to serve in the governor's policy office on criminal justice issues. Wall became DOC director in 2000.
Raimondo said a nationwide search will be conducted for Wall's successor, and that Assistant Director Patricia Coyne-Fague will take over after Wall's departure in the interim.