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'Evolution of Corrections in Missouri'

Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology will host a lecture by George Lombardi, former director of the Missouri Department of Corrections, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in room 0600 at Morrissey Hall.

"Evolution of Corrections in Missouri" encompasses the time Lombardi first walked into the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1972 to the present. It will concentrate on the extraordinary growth of offenders and the rationale of why that is so. He will also discuss the changes in programming and emphasis in evolving correctional thought and practices.

Former Missouri governor Jay Nixon nominated George Lombardi as director of the Department of Corrections on Dec. 18, 2008. The nomination was confirmed on Jan. 29, 2009. Lombardi is a 41-year veteran of the Missouri Department of Corrections, having served previously as the director of the Division of Adult Institutions for 18 years and as assistant director of that division for three years and a warden for seven years. 

As director of corrections he was responsible for the 20 adult correctional facilities, seven community supervision centers, one community release center and 54 parole offices across the State of Missouri. This includes approximately 11,500 staff, 75,000 probation and parolees, and 30,000 inmates.

In 2011, Lombardi was presented the first Mel Carnahan Public Service Award from the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. He also received the 2012 Region VII Missouri State Champion Award (Head Start Association).