William E. Lawton was appointed Warden of the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center (PICC) on October 20, 2008.
A thirty-one year veteran of the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS), his career started on Oct. 31, 1977 when his first assignment was to the Detention Center (DC). After eleven years as a Correctional Officer assigned to Holmesburg Prison his service extended into supervision.
He served as Sergeant at the Women’s Detention Facility (Replaced by the Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF)) for four years. Tenure as Lieutenant was for the House of Correction (HOC) where he helped establish a Hooked on Phonics Program that is now used throughout the PPS. Additional duties at HOC included directing the Staff Deployment Relief Factor Management System that documents every aspect of correctional staff usage, and training requirements expenditures.
Four years as Captain of Alternative and Special Detention (ASD) gave this civil servant experience working with Work Release programs and the opportunity to assist in the designing of Cambria Community Center, one of the premier intercity facilities in Philadelphia.
As Deputy Warden he had the opportunity to work under experienced wardens at PICC, HOC, RCF and DC.
Warden Lawton received his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Concentration in Management) at Pierce College in June 2005.
He served three years in the United States Navy as an Aviation Maintenance Administration Clerk in Jacksonville Fla.
As a member of NABCJ (National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice), ACA (American Correctional Association), and PPWA (Pennsylvania Prison Wardens Association), Warden Lawton keeps abreast of changes and operational advances in corrections as well as giving back to the community through youth encouragement programs.
Warden Lawton in an Associate Pastor at the Faith and Love Center Pentecostal Church right here in Philadelphia where he was born and raised.
“Serving our community has always brought satisfaction to me through the years. The profession of corrections touches the families of those we live among everyday of our lives. I see it as ministry.”
FROM THE WARDENS DESK~