Marcus Hardy | Deputy Director Central District
Marcus Hardy was named acting deputy director of the Central District for the Illinois Department of Corrections on May 16, 2014. In this position, he oversees the operations of all adult correctional centers within the central region, which includes the Central District Reception and Classification Center. Prior to this position, he served as warden of Sheridan Correctional Center.
A veteran of IDOC, Hardy began his career as a correctional officer at Pontiac Correctional Center in October 1994. He worked as a correctional officer in a variety of positions that included institutional trainer, statewide screener and recruiter for IDOC. He also was certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
In April 2006, he was named assistant warden of programs at Logan Correctional Center. In November 2006, Hardy developed and introduced IDOC’s first Reentry Summit that provides offenders with essential components for successful community reentry, which includes access to resources such as housing, education, employment, family reunification, education and substance abuse services, while still incarcerated and prior to release. In April 2007, Hardy was named assistant warden of programs at Pontiac Correctional Center. During his time there, he expanded the Parole School Program as well as secured additional space for therapeutic groups.
In October 2009, Hardy was named assistant warden of operations at Stateville Correctional Center. In December 2009, he was named warden of Stateville and the Northern Reception and Classification Center. While serving as warden, he made adjustments to procure additional space for the institution’s law library. In January 2013, Hardy was named warden of Sheridan Correctional Center, the state’s largest drug treatment facility and model drug prison and reentry program. During his tenure as warden, an additional 98 substance abuse treatment beds were added.
Hardy received an associate of arts degree from Lincoln College and a bachelor of science degree in economics from Illinois State University.