Louis Southall has been named the new warden of Franklin Correctional Center.
Southall had been the associate warden at the facility since 2018, according to information from the office of Secretary of Adult Correction Todd Ishee.
“Warden Southall has more than 30 years of experience as a correctional professional and leader,” Ishee said in a written statement. “He sets high standards for staff and offenders alike, and he firmly believes in preparing offenders to be productive, successful members of society upon their release.”
In his new position, Southall is responsible for all operations at Franklin Correctional, a medium-custody facility for about 450 adult male offenders, located in Bunn.
Franklin Correctional provides educational and vocational opportunities, including a Correction Enterprises operation that manufactures highway and interstate signs. The sign plant employs 140 offenders and is the largest facility of its kind in the U.S.
Southall has 34 years of correctional experience. He began at Franklin in 1989 as a correctional officer, advancing to sergeant, lieutenant and captain before earning a promotion to associate warden for custody in 2018. He has also served on the Central Region Prisons Emergency Response Team (PERT).
He earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Vance-Granville Community College and holds an Advanced Corrections certificate from the N.C. Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission.