Frances Osburn has been promoted to superintendent, a role she's had temporarily since previous superintendent Robert Rivenburg left in June. He'd been hired in August 2007 and left to pursue an opening with the Texas prison system. Osburn started July 10.
She has been with the state DOC since 1985, beginning her career as a correctional officer and most recently serving as assistant superintendent at the facility.
Located at 2596 Girls School Road and once known as the Indiana Girls School, the facility still houses teen girls and has come under scrutiny and faced criticism in the past year. One Indiana juvenile judge had questioned the facility's safety; St. Joseph Juvenile Judge Peter Nemeth ordered a review and stopped sending female teens to the facility late last year because of issues such as inadequate staffing, claims of sexual misconduct, and a lack of educational or vocational programs.
Since then, the DOC has announced it would stop sending boys there after boys were relocated from other state sites. About 260 inmates were housed at the facility in 2007, according to the DOC Web site.