June 13, 2022
FDC Inducts First Member to Agency Hall of Fame
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is proud to announce the creation of the FDC Hall of Fame to honor and recognize former employees, who impacted the agency in lasting and positive ways.
“FDC has a rich history, full of heroes and pioneers who deserve our admiration, recognition and most importantly our remembrance,” said Secretary Ricky Dixon. “Creating the FDC Hall of Fame allows us to formally recognize these men and women whose legacy will forever impact our agency. I believe we are the generation to capture our history, to not only grow and learn, but honor our member’s service and dedication.”
The first induction to the FDC Hall of Fame was the late Secretary Louie L. Wainwright Sr., who served 25 years as the agency’s Secretary. He joined the department in 1952, following his service in the US. Navy where he served in World War II. Secretary Wainwright was acknowledged for his legacy and significance in field of corrections.
As the nation’s longest serving corrections Secretary, Wainwright was a pioneer in the corrections field. In Florida, he established inmate education and job training and was a driving force for transparency. His soft-spoken demeaner, quiet confidence and behind-the-scenes leadership style drove the shift in corrections philosophy.
Some of Wainwright's professional accomplishments include:
Secretary Louie Wainwright’s grandson, Josh Wainwright, received the inaugural FDC Hall of Fame award on the late Secretary’s behalf.
As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.