Mark Bolton

Jail Administrator

MARK BOLTON is the Louisville Metro Corrections Director and has been employed in the Corrections field for 39 years. Mark is a graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. Degree in Criminal Science and the U.S. Department of Justice Executive Management Program. He started his career as a corrections officer in 1979 with the Arizona Department of Corrections where he worked the next 15 years as a probation/parole officer, warden/ institution superintendent, central office administrator and Operations Director of Community Corrections. In 1992 Mark relocated to the Pacific Northwest where he spent 14 years as the Deputy Director of the jail systems in both Olympia and Seattle, Washington. It was also during this time Mark worked for a six-month period in Bagdad Iraq under a Department of Justice contract with the Iraqi National Prison System. Mark is on faculty at the University of Louisville, College of Justice Administration and was featured on PBS Front Line in 2014 and numerous other reform related documentaries where his position on criminal justice reform has been prominently displayed. Mark has been Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections since 2008 where he also serves on numerous boards and policy level justice committees. Mark is also the father of two boys, Carson and Tyler, and he loves to fish and travel in his free time.