Director of Corrections
Edward Sweeney, CJM
Assistant Director of Corrections
Cynthia J. Egizio, CCHP
The mission of the Lehigh County Department of Corrections is to enhance public safety via the lawful confinement of offenders and targeted rehabilitative programming. We provide a safe, healthful, and humane environment in which to live and work and we are committed to the furtherance of professional correctional standards.
Lehigh County is a Home Rule Charter form of local government with an elected County Executive. In accordance with our local Charter, the Director of Corrections, who is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the Board of Commissioners, assumes all roles, functions and responsibilities typically associated with a traditional Pennsylvania County Prison Board.
The Lehigh County Department of Corrections operates three individual facilities located throughout the county: Lehigh County Jail, Lehigh County Community Corrections Center, and Lehigh County Juvenile Detention Center.
The Office of the Director is responsible for the overall administration of all three facilities; ensuring each facility operation comports with state and federal constitutional standards and regulations, current case law, as well as to ensure that all personnel act in accordance with established policy and procedure. The Director's office is also charged with the fiscal stewardship of these three facilities and provides a critical linkage between the Department of Corrections, other branches of County government, as well as other law enforcement agencies and the community.
Lastly, it is the responsibility of the Director to ensure that the noble pursuits of security and rehabilitation remain balanced with the greater pursuit: the principle of justice.