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Director's Biography

Director A.T. Wall

A.T. Wall is Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. 

Mr. Wall’s career in corrections began in 1976 as a line probation officer.  After his graduation from law school, he served as a prosecutor in Manhattan and then joined the Vera Institute of Justice, where he directed a sentencing project for chronic offenders convicted in New York City.  He returned to his native state of Rhode Island in 1985 and worked in the Governor’s Policy Office on criminal justice matters.  

In 1987 Mr. Wall was tapped to become Assistant Director for the RIDOC where he subsequently oversaw the central management of all operations and served as the Director’s second-in-command.  He was named interim Director in 1999 and appointed Director in 2000.  As such, he is the Chief Executive Officer for an agency that includes all aspects of the state’s adult correctional system:  prisons, jails, probation, parole and home confinement.  He is the longest serving corrections director in the nation and is currently the President of the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the membership association of the fifty state corrections directors. 

Mr. Wall received a B.A. degree from Yale University and a J.D. degree from Yale Law School.