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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Warden settles in at CCA

  • Isaac Johnston has been the warden of the Corrections Corporation of America's facility in Leavenworth only for about a month. But he's no stranger to Leavenworth.
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  • Isaac Johnston has been the warden of the Corrections Corporation of America's facility in Leavenworth only for about a month. But he's no stranger to Leavenworth.
    Johnston, 44, began his career with CCA working at the company's Leavenworth Detention Center, which is contracted to house inmates for the U.S. Marshals Service.
    "I kind of made Leavenworth my home," he said.
    Johnston, who previously served as the chief of security for the Leavenworth Detention Center, said he likes the diversity of the community as well as its size.
    He said his wife also is fond of the community and "she calls the shots."
    He spent the last seven years working at CCA's Correctional Treatment Facility in Washington, D.C. But his family had remained in Leavenworth. He commuted to Washington, D.C., flying back to Leavenworth every week or two.
    Personal reasons led to him to transfer back to Leavenworth. He's been serving as the warden of the Leavenworth Detention Center since July 15.
    Johnston originally is from Crockett, Texas.
    "Originally, I'm a small town kid," he said.
    Before joining CCA, he spent 14 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. He joined CCA in 2002. His initial tenure at the Leavenworth Detention Center ended in 2006.
    He said corrections is "the only job I know." He enjoys the camaraderie of the work. He said the job requires strong teamwork.
    He also likes the fact that nothing is routine in corrections.
    "Everything changes all the time," he said.
    Johnston also served as warden at the facility in Washington. He said the Correctional Treatment Facility is larger than the Leavenworth Detention Center. But unlike the Washington facility, the Leavenworth Detention Center houses maximum security inmates.
    Johnston said he has a philosophy of "family first," something he discussed Wednesday during a community relations luncheon at the Leavenworth Detention Center.
    "You've got to spend time with your family," he said.
    Johnston said he wants the Leavenworth Detention Center to be involved in the community in Leavenworth and Lansing.
    "We just want CCA to be known as good contributors to the community," he said.
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