William Leeke

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William Leeke has been working in corrections since 1956 as a teacher, warden, deputy and commissioner. He has served in his present position of Director of South Carolina’s Department of Corrections since 1968. Currently president of the American Correctional Association, Mr. Leeke has also presided over the National Association of State Correctional Administrators and the Southern States Correctional Association. Considered a liberal among Southern prison commissioners, Mr. Leeke is credited for his leadership in a nationwide study of court decisions concerning inmates’ rights and has pursued an active policy of equal employment in his agency. Commissioner Leeke is responsible for 31 institutions, 1,600 employees and 7,700 inmates. (1978)

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