Lehman had worked with the Washington DOC since 1969 when he worked as a probation and parole officer. When employed as the head of the Monroe Command Lehman approved computers to be purchased by prisoners and kept in their cells.
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Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey recently announced that Joseph Lehman, 46, the Assistant Secretary of Washington State's Department of Corrections, has been selected to head the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. Lehman will be overseeing a prison system about three times as large as Washington's which is beset with severe problems of overcrowding, racism and inadequate facilities. Lehman's predecessor, David Owins, Jr. resigned as a result of recent riots.