Expert to Focus on "Corrections in the 21st Century: Prisoner Re-Entry" at MCCC Oct. 25


Gary J. Hilton, former warden of New Jersey's maximum security prison, will present a lecture at MCCC entitled "Corrections in the 21st Century: Prisoner Re-Entry" on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 12 noon. The lecture is presented free to the public as part of Mercer's Distinguished Lecture Series and will be held on the college's West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road, Communications Building, Room 109.

Drawing from his 37 years in the corrections field, Hilton will offer both a historical and forward-looking perspective on prisoner re-entry into the community. In his talk, he will explore the concept that prisoner re-entry is not a single point in time, but rather a long-term process that begins with the offender's entry into the corrections system.

Corrections expert Gary Hilton

Hilton's background in corrections is extensive. In 1998, he concluded a 33-year career with the New Jersey Department of Corrections, having served as warden of the state's maximum security prison, superintendent of the Adult Prison for Women, and for over 17 years, as assistant commissioner for operations, chief of staff and acting commissioner. He has served as an expert witness, trainer, lecturer and consultant for a wide range of public, judicial and private entities both nationally and abroad. He has also provided technical consultation and training services on behalf of the National Institute of Corrections.

Prior to his retirement from public service in July, 2002, Hilton was director of corrections and youth services for Monmouth County, NJ. During his tenure, he spearheaded the successful national accreditation of the central facility. He is a charter member of the New Jersey chapter of the American Correctional Association and currently serves as the organization's first vice president. He has overseen more than $850 million in facility construction and renovations. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from various professional and governmental organizations. Currently, Mr. Hilton is founder and president of Paige Plus LLC, a comprehensive correctional service and consulting company.

For more information on this and other upcoming lectures at the college, call (609) 570-3324 or visit "Events."

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