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Review Panel

Panel Members

Doug Dretke - Doug Dretke is the Executive Director of the Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT) located within the George J. Beto Criminal Justice Center at Sam Houston State University (SHSU). He has served in his current capacity for the past 12 years. CMIT serves training and professional development needs of correctional professionals across the broad spectrum of corrections as well as serves as a resource for research needs and technical assistance. CMIT also serves as secretariat to a number of correctional professional associations and facilitates international exchanges and training with correctional agencies abroad.

Prior to CMIT, Doug served 26 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), beginning as a correctional officer and advancing through the ranks throughout his career. He served as a Senior Warden at two different facilities before his appointment as Regional Director, Deputy Director and finally Director of the Correctional Institutions Division (prison division). He retired from TDCJ in July 2006 to become Director of CMIT.

He received a B.S. in Criminology and Corrections from SHSU and a Masters of Public Administration (with a concentration in criminal justice) from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi.

Wendy Leach  - Wendy Leach, J.D., is a juvenile and adult corrections consultant and former prosecutor, with expertise in inmate and youth physical and sexual safety, conditions of confinement, the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), and facility operations. Prior to this, Ms. Leach was a prosecutor in Baltimore, Maryland where she managed a federal settlement agreement involving juvenile facilities in Baltimore city. She later served as the statewide juvenile agency Director of Quality Improvement. She is also a Department of Justice (DOJ) certified PREA auditor and was part of the inaugural PREA auditor class.

Peter Perroncello – Peter Perroncello is a consultant and a former jail administrator in Norfolk County, MA.  Peter has over forty years of experience in the correctional field. His areas of expertise include public safety risk management, direct supervision jail management training, transition and design development, health care policy, and overall jail and detention facility operations.

Date Created: January 3, 2020