Norman A. Carlson

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Mr. Carlson has served as a director of GEO Group "since 1994 and served previously as a Director of The Wackenhut Corporation. Mr. Carlson retired from the Department of Justice in 1987 after serving as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons for 17 years. During his 30-year career with the Bureau of Prisons, Mr. Carlson worked at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth, Kansas, and at the Federal Correctional Institution, Ashland, Kentucky. Mr. Carlson was President of the American Correctional Association from 1978 to 1980, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. From 1987 until 1998, Mr. Carlson was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota.

"Mr. Carlson's experience as the former Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons provides unparalleled corrections industry knowledge and experience in the operation and management of correctional institutions. His 18 years of experience as a GEO Group board member strengthens the board of directors' collective knowledge, capabilities and experience."[1]


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  1. Geo Group Norman A. Carlson, organizational web page, accessed October 7, 2012.