Mount Olive Correctional Complex

David Ballard, Warden

1 Mountainside Way
Mt. Olive, West Virginia 25185
Phone: (304) 442-7213
Fax: (304) 442-7225

Mission Statement

Provide for the custody, control and care of adult, male felons who have been convicted of severe crimes against man or nature and committed to the custody of the WVDOC.

Preserve order in all facilities by the safe, secure and humane management of the highest risk inmates in the custody of the WVDOC.

Prevent duplication of resources by providing medical and mental health care for the most ailing and infirmed inmates in the custody of the WVDOC.

Restructure inmate conduct through behavior driven and cognitive restructuring programs, as appropriate, that facilitate the inmate controlling his own behavior within the facility, transfer to a less secure facility or reintegration into society.

Develop and empower professional correctional staff to manage high-risk inmates and to function as effective leaders and team members.

Leadership Biography

David Ballard was appointed Warden of the Mount Olive Correctional Complex (MOCC) in September 2007. Mr. Ballard began his career with the Division of Corrections in May 1994 as a Correctional Officer at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. Upon closure of the penitentiary Mr. Ballard transferred to MOCC, serving there until December 2004. While at MOCC during this period Mr. Ballard worked his way through the ranks, serving as a Correctional Officer, Counselor, Case Manager, Program Specialist, Lieutenant and Captain.

From December 2004 to September 2006 Mr. Ballard served as what was then the Administrator of Beckley Correctional Center (BCC), a minimum-security community correctional facility, housing male and female work release and residential substance abuse treatment inmates. During his time at BCC Mr. Ballard implemented major improvement in the operation and organization of the facility, several cost-savings measures resulting in tremendous benefit to taxpayers and major improvement in community relations with the City of Beckley.

From September 2006 to August 2007 Mr. Ballard served as the Warden of Lakin Correctional Center (LCC), which was then a multi-security correctional facility housing female inmates. During his time at LCC Mr. Ballard oversaw the addition of a 124-bed dormitory-style housing unit, 36-bed modular housing unit, Correctional Industries Building, the implementation of the Correctional Center Nursery Program and the former Rover Rehabilitation Program.

As Warden of MOCC, Mr. Ballard has responsibility and authority over the management and operation of the state’s only maximum-security correctional facility; housing the most violent, high-risk, dangerous and disruptive male inmates in the state. Mr. Ballard has oversaw the addition, replacement, and upgrading of several major security systems and physical plant projects, and the implementation of several inmate rehabilitation programs; key of which is the Moral Rehabilitation Program, which is unique to all but two (2) prisons in the nation. Mr. Ballard has also brought organizational improvement, consistency and standardization to the facility.

Mr. Ballard is certified as a Corrections Executive through the American Correctional Association and is also a graduate of numerous training courses conducted by and through the National Institute of Corrections and the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Professional Development Center. Mr. Ballard is an active member of the American Correctional Association, Southern States Correctional Association and North American Association of Wardens & Superintendents.


  • Warden - David Ballard 
  • Deputy Warden - Ralph Terry
  • Associate Warden of Programs - Jason Collins
  • Associate Warden of Security - Jonathan Frame
  • Associate Warden of Operations - Teresa Gregory


Built as a replacement for the Civil War-era West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville, Mount Olive Correctional Complex (MOCC) is located seven (7) miles east of Montgomery on Cannelton Hollow Road in Fayette County. MOCC is the state's only maximum-security correctional facility and has a current capacity of 1,030 inmates. MOCC houses the most violent, high-risk, dangerous and disruptive inmates in the state and has the most diverse inmate population in the state; consisting of general population, punitive segregation, administrative segregation, intake, special management, mental health, acute medical, and work camp inmates.

Construction of MOCC began in the spring of 1991 and was completed in December 1994. The facility was dedicated on December 12, 1994 and received it first inmates on February 14, 1995. Inmate transfers were completed on March 27, 1995 and the West Virginia Penitentiary was closed. Total construction costs for MOCC were $61.8 million.

The facility is encompassed by a secure perimeter fence approximately one (1) mile long. Of the 120 acre site, approximately 80 acres are inside the secure perimeter. Extensive use is made of both electronic and manual security controls. MOCC operates as a small town, having its own post office and ZIP code, power plant, electrical sub-station, fuel depot, water supply, central warehouse, maintenance garage, hospital and medical clinic, gymnasium, chapel, library, classrooms, courtroom, food service and laundry facilities.

Professionals through contractual agreements provide medical, dental, mental health and food services. The West Virginia Department of Education provides many educational and vocational programs for the inmate population such as ABE/GED, Transition Skills, Business Education, Vocational Agriculture, Welding and Culinary Arts. An Apprenticeship Program in Food Service is also available. Limited college courses for Associate’s Degrees are also available through BridgeValley Community & Technical College.

In partnership with Catalyst Ministries, Appalachian Bible College operates an on-site extension campus at MOCC which focuses on moral rehabilitation and offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible & Theology and allows inmates to be ordained as ministers. This program is unique to all but two prisons in the United States. Additional information regarding this program can be found at

Selected inmates at MOCC can participate in a paws4prisons™ program which teaches inmates to train various types of assistance dogs for and in support of the paws4people™ foundation. The program inmates first learn how to train “shelter-rescue dogs” and then progress to training highly-trained assistance dogs. Additional information regarding this program can be found at

West Virginia Correctional Industries operates an engraving shop, sign shop, welding/metal shop and soap/laundry/janitorial supply factory at MOCC. Road signs for the West Virginia Division of Highways, campsite products for West Virginia State Parks & Forests and license plates for the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles are also manufactured by Correctional Industries at MOCC. Information regarding the full line of Correctional Industries products can be found at

In July 2007, MOCC opened a 48-bed minimum-security Inmate Work Camp outside of the secure perimeter for inmates holding an appropriate security classification. These inmates are provided to the West Virginia Division of Highways for various labor projects. MOCC also provides these inmates for labor and community service to various agencies/charitable organizations throughout the local area.

In September 2007, MOCC underwent an intensive audit by the American Correctional Association (ACA). Auditors spent three (3) days at MOCC examining policies, procedures and interacting with staff and inmates. MOCC was found to be in compliance with required national standards and was granted accreditation. Through additional audits conducted every three (3) years, MOCC has since maintained its ACA accreditation status. MOCC has also achieved and maintains national accreditation through the Correctional Education Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.


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