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Robert Napel and James Alexander, NMU Criminal Justice graduates, were appointed to the top spots at Marquette Branch Prison (MBP).

Napel is a 1977 graduate from NMU's Criminal Justice Department. He was appointed to Warden by Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) Director, Patricia L. Caruso on February 21, 2010 following the retirement of Jerry Hofbauer.

As facility head, Napel is responsible for the overall administration of the prison. Marquette Branch Prison employs over 400 people and has a 37 million dollar operating budget. MBP houses both maximum and minimum-security prisoners totaling over 1,200 prisoners between the two security settings. Napel is the twentieth Warden of the prison, which has been operating for over 120 years.

Warden Napel began his career as a Corrections Officer and was promoted to Resident Unit Officer, Assistant Resident Unit Supervisor, Resident Unit Manager, Assistant Deputy Warden, and Deputy Warden. Warden Napel has been with MDOC for over 31 years.

AlexanderAlexander was selected as the Deputy Warden on April   18, 2010. He replaces Napel who was the Deputy Warden for the past ten years. He earned his Bachelor and Master degrees’ in Criminal Justice from Northern Michigan University in 1991 and 1996 respectively. In his role as Deputy Warden, Alexander is responsible for day-to-day prison operations. 

Alexander began his career with MDOC in 1994 as a Case Manager at the Alger Correctional Facility. He then transferred to MBP in 1996 and was promoted to Classification Director, Department Analyst, and Assistant Deputy Warden, a position he held for the past nine years.

Alexander has also been an Adjunct Instructor for the Criminal Justice Department for over 12 years and also taught in the First Year Program at NMU for eight years.



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