Wardens or prison wardens are the people ultimately in charge of all operations in a prison. As top correctional officers at the institutions for which they work wardens train and supervise all members of the prison staff making sure that they are performing their assigned duties properly and up to expected standards but at the same time helping them to keep up their morale. Wardens are in charge of all the day-to-day operations of the institution they oversee. They are responsible for making sure prisoners have proper food and clothing and also that there are rehabilitation programs appropriate for the prisoners’ level of incarceration. In addition they are in charge of the physical upkeep of the prison as well as for keeping track of all funds allocated to the prison. They are expected to represent the institution for which they work to the outside community as well as to members of the media and politicians. Not only is the job of wardens highly responsible but the website www.ehow.com says that it is stressful and can be dangerous because wardens must manage incidents such as prison riots or attacks among prisoners. Many prison wardens start their careers as correctional officers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics wardens who work for local or state prison systems usually have a bachelor’s degree plus several years of experience in the prison system. Some wardens earn a master’s degree in management. Wardens earn an average salary between $35000 and $100000 per year.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $67500
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $35000
Tasks: Oversees the day-to-day operations of a prison.
Ensures that prisons are secure.
Manages the training of prison personnel.
Organizes prison finances.
Also Called: Prison Superintendent
Prison Manager
Prison Officer
Prison Administrator
Additional Resources: http://www.legal-criminal-justice-schools.com/Criminal-Justice-Careers/prison-warden.html