Ohio prison leader named national warden of year

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A southeast Ohio prison leader known for her work reducing prison waste has been named the national warden of the year.

The award from the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents honors Sheri Duffey, warden of the Southeastern Correctional Complex in Lancaster.

The honor announced by the state Monday singles out Duffey's work helping the prison become a national leader in green prison initiatives, including $90,000 a year in savings from its waste management program.

The prison also recycles game day waste from Ohio Stadium and uses revenue from recycling to raise trout which it then provides to the Columbus Zoo for its penguins and polar bears.

The 51-year-old Duffey started her corrections career in 1988 as a prison guard and has been warden since 2009.

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