Mark S.

Supervisor District 3
Kentucky Department of Corrections

I have always been fascinated by public service and my family has a long history of public service dating back to the Revolutionary War. My great-great grandfather Rev. Henry A. Stonex was a prison doctor in Indiana in the late 1800’s. My father Alan K. Stonex has been a public servant as long as I can remember.

My career in corrections began in the summer of 1994 when I was hired as a Deputy Jailer at the Warren County Regional Jail. WCRJ is a 550 bed facility which houses state and local prisoners. I achieved the rank of Captain-Shift Commander of 1st shift.

In 1999 I was hired by the Kentucky Department of Corrections-Division of Probation and Parole as a Supervision and Court Investigation Officer in Warren County, Kentucky. In 2005 I promoted to Asst. Supervisor in D-2, and in 2008 I began my current role as Supervisor of District 3 Probation and Parole.

My interests include successful reentry and pre/post release programming. Currently, I serve as a Corrections Training Adjunct Instructor at Officers Basic Academy and Annual In-service. I teach Evidence Based Practice, Motivational Interviewing, Reentry, and Case Management.

The role of the Probation and Parole Officer is complex. Too often, we are seen as either surveillance or treatment oriented. The truth is that the Probation and Parole Officer of today utilizes a blend of best practices to get the job done. We have the ability to change lives through transformation in behavior patterns. Through well planned and targeted interventions based on both risk and need; we can be the impetus for change that offenders truly need to get on the right track and become law-abiding and productive members of the community.

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