With the retirement of Warden Otis Bailey at the end of this year, county leaders welcome a new warden at the local county jail.
Greg Riley will assume his role as warden at the Yazoo County Regional Correctional Facility on Jan. 3, 2022. A Jackson native, Riley recently worked with the Gateway Community Development Corporation in local efforts for youth development.
Riley appeared before the Yazoo County Board of Supervisors last week to share his qualifications and his desire to perform within his new leadership role at the local jail facility.
“The last three years, I was at Gateway with youth development,” Riley said. “There was a grant there to help at-risk, disadvantaged kids. We helped them get their GED and find a job.”
Although the grant at Gateway ended last year, Riley said he has plenty of experience when it comes to correctional facilities and the re-entry process for exiting inmates.
“I worked with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and started a work re-entry program for inmates getting out of jail,” Riley said. “I assisted with them getting their GED, housing, training and finding a job.”
Riley has also worked with the state department of corrections, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and with training at the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He is also a veteran, who served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Riley earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Jackson State University, where he also earned his masters degree in sociology.
“I am dedicated to what I do,” Riley said. “And I am passionate about my job, and I am passionate about my career. I am representing the Board of Supervisors, as well as the sheriff. And more importantly than that, myself, and my family. I am going to do the best job to the best of ability for the board, for the sheriff and for my family.”