Director Donald Stolworthy
Donald Stolworthy was named director of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) March 16, 2015, by Governor Bruce Rauner. As IDOC director, he is responsible for overseeing the management and operations of more than 35 state prisons, work camps, boot camps and transition centers as well as the supervision of parolees.
Director Stolworthy comes to the Illinois Department of Corrections with more than 15 years of experience. He began his corrections career in 1999 as an Institutional Probation and Parole Officer in Alaska and served in that post for three years before being promoted to Probation and Parole Supervisor. In December of 2002, the governor of Alaska asked him to serve as Deputy Commissioner of Operations.
Director Stolworthy was chosen to join the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Criminal Justice and Assistance Program (ICITAP) in 2005 and deployed to Iraq as a Warden Advisor. He was promoted to Deputy Director of Operations for the Iraq Corrections Program for ICITAP in July 2005 and served in this position until the end of February 2006.
In 2006, he was hired as the Senior Corrections Advisor/Corrections Team Leader by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. He was responsible for assessing prison systems and working with foreign governments to develop reform plans that were sustainable and effective. When he joined the U.S. Department of State, they were offering corrections program assistance to officials in three foreign countries but by the time he left, they were assisting more than 30 countries. Director Stolworthy has assessed prisons and jails in Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Liberia, Georgia and Armenia.
Director Stolworthy has received numerous performance awards from the U.S. Department of State including a Franklin Award and a Superior Honor Award. He was also presented with the Deputy Commanding General for Detainee Operations Award for Leadership Excellence during Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014, he received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the International Corrections and Prisons Association.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Wyoming and he is the author of “The Chains of Okmok.”
Secretary to the Director