The new warden at Central Prison began his career there as a correctional officer 24 years ago.
The state Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice announced late Thursday that Edward Thomas has been chosen to run Central Prison. Thomas has been the prison’s associate warden for operations since 2014 and has had several other jobs at the prison and within the state prison system.
Opened in 1884, Central Prison is the first stop in the prison system for men sentenced to 20 years or more and has nearly 900 inmates. It has a 120-bed hospital, a 216-bed mental health facility and the prison system’s death row.
Thomas will oversee about 1,400 employees. He replaces Carlton Joyner, who was promoted to deputy director of prisons for auxiliary services earlier this year.