Burress appointed as prison superintendent

May 24, 2014
Kevin Burress


RALEIGH – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Kevin Burress as the new superintendent at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women in Buncombe County.

Burress most recently served as asssistant superintendent for custody and operations at Swannanoa. He started his corrections career in 1989 as a correctional officer at Craggy Correctional Center in Asheville.  He served as a captain at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville before joining Swannanoa as assistant superintendent.

Burress is a Haywood County native, a Pisgah High School graduate and a U.S. Air Force veteran.   He served as a criminal justice instructor for over 15 years.

Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women opened in 2008 when Black Mountain Correctional Center for Women relocated to the campus of the former Swannanoa Valley Youth Development Center.  It currently houses about 235 female inmates in minimum custody and employs a staff of approximately 125.