In his new role, Little will oversee operations at the 15 state-run community corrections centers and more than 40 contract facilities, also known as halfway houses.
Little brings to his new job experience leading a state corrections agency, and also as a director of regional probation and a county corrections program, which allowed him to see first-hand the impact of successful community re-entry.
"Pennsylvanians will surely benefit from someone of George's caliber overseeing the re-entry of more than 20,000 individuals into our communities," said Wetzel. "When people reenter society and become successful citizens, it benefits all of us."
From 2005 to 2009 Little was Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections where he promoted the importance of addressing the needs of people in state custody so that they were better prepared to return home.
Little previously served as chief administrative officer/chief of staff for the City of Memphis.
Little also was director of Shelby County (TN) Division of Correction, assistant to the executive director of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole, regional director for the Tennessee Department of Corrections and warden of the DeBerry Correctional Institute. He also worked for Corrections Consulting/Nationwide.
Little, who was raised in Harrisburg, graduated from Morehouse College with a BA in Economics and Business Administration. He did graduate study in economics and urban/regional development at the University of Texas.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Corrections