Cameron University Criminal Justice and Sociology Speaker Series to feature Warden Hector Rios

The Cameron University Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology will continue its 2012-13 Speakers Series with a presentation by Warden Hector Rios, Lawton Correctional Facility, on Monday, February 18 at 11 a.m. The presentation will take place in the Wichita Room of the Shepler Center and is open to the public at no charge.

Rios became the warden of the GEO Group’s Lawton Correctional Facility in September 2012. He began his career in the Texas Department of Corrections in 1982. In 1988, he began service in the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a correctional officer and took on positions of increasing responsibility in various institutions. Rios was promoted to warden of a federal correctional institution in 2004. From 2005-2012, he served as a Senior Executive Service (SES) Warden at three of the most challenging high-security federal penitentiaries in the nation, each with more than 1,500 inmates.

Throughout his career, Rios has worked successfully with elected government officials, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, judicial entities and community representatives to build broader support for the mission of the institutions he led. He is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and effectiveness.

The Criminal Justice and Sociology Speakers Series is made possible by funding from The GEO Group Endowed Lectureship in Criminal Justice and Sociology.


February 8, 2013

PR# 13-020