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Former Michigan Department of Corrections Director Perry Johnson to receive Legacy Award for efforts to advance women in corrections

Lansing, Mich. – Former Michigan Department of Corrections Director Perry Johnson will receive the Legacy Award from the Association of Women Executives in Corrections for his efforts to promote and support women in the field. Johnson will be presented with the award during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The Legacy Award is given to correctional administrators who have demonstrated support for the development of women in leadership roles in corrections. Johnson served as director of the department from 1972 to 1984, and was integral to bringing more women into leadership positions in corrections, particularly at correctional facilities. “Perry Johnson’s efforts to include women in the corrections workforce forever changed the landscape and culture of the department,” said Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington. “He recognized that women brought an important voice to the table that had been missing in corrections and it helped pave the way for many to serve as leaders.” The Association of Women Executives in Corrections is a national professional organization dedicated to supporting women in corrections and developing future leaders.