James H. Black

SVP, President Secure Services at The GEO Group

James Black has more than 37 years of experience in corrections and currently serves as the Senior Vice President and President of Secure Services. In this role, Mr. Black oversees approximately 79,000 beds and over 17,000 employees at 68 diverse facilities across the U.S., Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Black began his career in corrections in 1985 as a Correctional Officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). Over the next eight years, he rose through the ranks to the position of Senior Warden. After joining GEO, he served as Warden at several GEO-operated facilities in Texas and Florida before accepting the position of Assistant Director of Operations in GEO’s Central Region Office. In 2005, Mr. Black was promoted to Director of Compliance for the Western Region. He later transferred to the position of Director of Operations before being named Vice President of the Western Region Office in 2009, where he was responsible for the operational oversight of 25 facilities and over 15,000 beds. He was later named Vice President of GEO’s Central Region.

Mr. Black graduated from the Palestine Independent School District in 1981. Mr. Black is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Management at California Southern University.


  • SVP, President Secure Services

    Current role

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