The Dubois County Community Corrections Advisory Board named interim director Megan Durlauf as the facility’s new director.
Durlauf became the interim director in February after then-director William Wells resigned. Wells had served as director for nearly two years before putting in his resignation.
Durlauf started in corrections as a part-time officer in 2010 while she was still attending IU. During that time, the psychology/criminology major decided corrections was where she wanted to focus her career aspirations.
“I was filling in and seeing the ins and outs of how corrections operated,” she said. “When I became more aware that we could be impacting public safety and impacting the likelihood of someone committing more crime, I decided that was where I wanted to be and where I could make the biggest impact.”
She was hired full-time and appointed worked as a group facilitator before she was promoted to assistant director last October.
“I am excited to be taking part of a progressive movement in our field,” Durlauf said about the promotion while explaining that Wells’ work has put the corrections facility on a better path than it has been in previous years. “I think my main goal is to maintain that and concentrate on reducing the recidivism in the county.”
One thing that Durlauf said would need to be addressed down the road is the lack of space for female participants. The facility has 18 bunks available for women in the facility that was designed when women constituted a much lower percent of crimes committed. These days, female offenders constitute about 30 percent of offenders and there is a waiting list for women to transfer into the facility from the jail.
Durlauf (Lampert) was raised in St. Anthony and is a Forest Park graduate. She holds a degree from Indiana University in psychology with graduate work in counseling from Western Kentucky.
Durlauf and her husband Jeff live in Ferdinand with their two children.