About Barry

J. Barry Brady, CJM began his career in corrections in 1986 as a Correctional Officer with U.S. Corrections, a private firm out of Louisville, Kentucky.  He held the position of Chief of Security at Marion Adjustment Center, a 600 bed medium security prison in Central Kentucky.  In 1995, Jailer Brady transferred to River City Correctional Complex in Louisville, Kentucky, a 350 bed facility housing county inmates.  In 1996, he transferred to Miramar Federal Detention Center in San Diego, California, housing illegal immigrants.  He returned to Louisville where he was appointed Assistant Warden of River City Correctional Complex and was later appointed Warden in 1997.  In 1999, he took advantage of an opportunity to return home to Marion County where he transferred back to Marion Adjustment Center as Assistant Warden.  Jailer Brady has been consistently honored throughout his career in corrections.  He feels that his greatest career accomplishment was in 2002 when he was elected to serve as Marion County Jailer.

Since 2005, Jailer Brady has served on the Kentucky Jailer’s Association Board of Directors and is presently assigned to the KJA’s Legislative Committee, Curriculum Committee, and the Jail Study Committee, Kentucky Jail Standards, Re-entry development committee.  He is currently serving on the ACA Green Committee.

Jailer Brady found very quickly that Kentucky Jailers were met with many obstacles during daily operations to include the challenge of controlling cost and generating needed revenue for a sound operation.  With pressing budget concerns, he has made the needed operation changes and diligently focuses on ensuring a more efficient operation.
Jailer Barry Brady received the national designation of Certified Jail Manager through the Jail Manager Certification Commission (JMCC), by authority of the American Jail Association (AJA).  Brady is one of 366 jail professionals nationwide to have achieved this recognition – and the only Kentucky jailer.  This accreditation was achieved through successful completion of a rigid background application and written examination prepared by the JMCC and AJA. Although not a requirement for Kentucky jailers, Brady said the accreditation was a “personal achievement…something I wanted to accomplish for myself”.  Accreditation documents knowledge, growth, and continuing education in the field of jail management. He was recertified in 2014 and 2018. 

Jailer Barry and his staff strive to go "above and beyond" in maintaining the quality of their facility.  "There are three things you don't ever compromise: staff, staff training and life safety issues," Brady emphasized.  This commitment to quality and to consistently meeting the American Correctional Association's (ACA) Core Jail Standards each and every day has earned the Marion County Detention Center ACA Accreditation - making it one of the few certified jails in America and the first certified jail in Kentucky.  During the yearlong ACA accreditation process, Brady pointed out, "We strive to do the right thing so we can reduce our liability issues without sacrificing the needs of the inmates or the professionalism of our staff."

In June 2011, Jailer Barry Brady received the Kentucky Jailer’s Association Jailer of the Year Award.

He is also very committed to and active in the community.  In 2001 Brady was instrumental in establishing a non-profit organization to manage a community center in a small western community of Marion County, and currently presides as its president.  He is a current member of the Marion County chapter of the Knights of Columbus.  Jailer Brady provides support with the jail community service work crews to assist with local government and community efforts assisting with grounds maintenance and litter abatement.
St. Joe Community Center Dedication
Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Honors

2002 Election

2006 Election

2010 Election

2014 Election

2018 Election

“I thank the Lord above for all the blessings in my life and career, especially for my very best friend, my wife Lisa.  The staff of the Marion County Detention Center are among the best correctional professionals I have worked with in my  32 years in corrections.  Their hard work and dedication is what brought the facility through the ACA Accreditation process this year.  I am proud to be a Kentucky Jailer and honored to receive the 2011 Jailer of the Year award.”
"It's Okay to Care"