Dec. 4, 2017: Rhode Island Department of Corrections Director A. T. Wall has announced that he plans to retire in early 2018 after more than thirty years of government work. Wall has led the Rhode Island Department of Corrections for nearly twenty years. He is the longest-tenured Corrections Department Director in the United States. Corrections Assistant Director Patricia Coyne-Fague has been appointed to succeed Wall as the Acting Director until the position is filled on a permanent basis. Wall, a native Rhode Islander, started his career in the corrections field in 1976 as a Line Probation Officer. After he graduated from law school, he worked as a Prosecutor in New York City before he joined the Vera Institute of Justice. He returned to Rhode Island in 1985 to lead criminal justice policy at the Governor's Policy Office. In 1987, he was appointed as the Assistant Director of Corrections and was named Director in 2000. Wall is a past president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.