Michael Dempsey was appointed executive director of the Indiana Department of Correction’s (IDOC) Division of Youth Services in May 2009. He began his assignment with the IDOC as superintendent of the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility in June 2006. Prior to moving to Indiana, he served as the superintendent of the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex for approximately two and a half years. He began his career in corrections with the Missouri Department of Corrections, starting as a corrections officer at the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1985. Since that time, Mike has held positions as a correctional sergeant, lieutenant, captain and major. He has also held positions as correctional training officer, internal affairs investigator, assistant superintendent and associate superintendent.
Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration and criminal justice and has been actively involved with the American Correctional Association (ACA) as a member and certified auditor. He has also been involved with the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA), formerly known as the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), working with Performance-based Standards (PbS) which is now being implemented in all IDOC juvenile correctional facilities.