Melissa Rios is the Regional Director for the Western Region. Ms. Rios began her career with the Bureau of Prisons in 1995, as a Correctional Officer at FCI Three Rivers (TX). She served in positions of increasing responsibility including Senior Officer Specialist at FCI Three Rivers, Lieutenant at FCC Allenwood (PA) and USP Lewisburg (PA), Deputy Captain at FCC Oakdale (LA), and Senior Intelligence Designator at Grand Prairie (TX). Ms. Rios also served as Associate Warden at MCC New York (NY) and FCC Florence (CO), and Warden at FPC Duluth (MN) and FCI Three Rivers. She assumed her position as Regional Director for the Western Region on August 30, 2020.
In her new capacity, Ms. Rios will oversee the operations of 19 facilities, including four detention centers, three high security penitentiaries, and three correctional complexes. She will be responsible for the oversight and management of more than 4,800 employees, and the custody and care of approximately 18,200 inmates.
Prior to joining the Bureau, Ms. Rios served in the United States Army Reserves and worked for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since 2019.