Perry M. Johnson started his career in corrections as a counselor at Jackson Prison (SPSM) in 1955. He has served the prison as the Deputy Warden, Administrative Assistant to the Warden and Warden - before moving on to oversee all of Michigan's prisons and eventually becoming Director of the Department of Corrections. In 1977 he was the first recipient of the Award for Distinguished Service to the State given at the annual National Governors' Conference. In his chosen field of corrections, he has served on the Board of Directors of The American Correctional Association, and as President of that Association, he helped develop standards for correctional institutions which have resulted in the upgrading of many of North America's prisons. His accomplishments were recognized by his peers by giving him the E.R. Cass Award, the highest honor in the profession.