Brad Curry | Chief Public Safety Officer
Brad Curry was named chief public safety officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections on February 8, 2013. In his new position, he will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the department’s administration and implementation of Public Act 97-0697, which created Supplemental Sentence Credit. Curry is a 23-year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC).
Curry joined IDOC as a correctional officer in 1989 at Illinois River Correctional Center (IRCC). In 1993, Curry was named Correctional Officer of the Year at IRCC. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1994 and later became chief investigator there in 1997. Curry was named Employee Volunteer of the Year at IRCC in 1997 for his participation on the Cuba, Ill., Fire Protection District.
In 1999, he became institutional intelligence coordinator at IRCC and in 2000, Curry was promoted to correctional captain. Later that year, he was appointed IDOC District 2 intelligence coordinator. In 2001, Curry was promoted as IDOC’s first Northern Region intelligence coordinator and law enforcement liaison and was charged with supervising IDOC’s Northern District intelligence coordinators.
In 2003, Curry was selected by the chief of Investigations and Intelligence to begin a pilot program in the City of Chicago with the U.S. Attorney’s Office entitled, “Project Safe Neighborhoods,” in which IDOC conducts parolee forums to bring ex-gun offenders together and explain to them the consequences of being charged federally on a repeat gun offense.
Curry was promoted to the chief of Parole in May 2011. As the chief of Parole, Curry was responsible for the supervision of approximately 25,000 parolees and approximately 440 staff. In an effort to promote public safety Curry diligently worked to strengthen collaborations with law enforcement and community partners to promote reentry and recidivism objectives while enforcing public safety mandates.
Curry also assisted the Chicago Crime Commission with the production of the “Chicago Crime Commission Gang Book,” which serves as a resource to all law enforcement agencies in the country.