Louis Giorla was named acting commissioner of the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS) on Thursday, January 10, 2008 by the office of mayor Michael Nutter. His permanent appointment as Commissioner was announced on March 26, 2008, and he served in this role for almost 8 years before retiring at the end of 2015. As acting commissioner, Louis was instrumental in getting New Leash on Life USA situated at PPS and he has been an ardent supporter to this day.
A life-long Philadelphian, Commissioner Giorla began his career with the Philadelphia Prisons in 1982 as a Correctional Officer at the House of Correction. Following a promotion to Captain in 1998 the 58 year-old Northeast Philadelphia resident was named Director of the Prisons Internal Affairs Division for two years, and then Deputy Warden at Alternative and Special Detention, before being promoted to Warden in 2005. Prior to his current position, Commissioner Giorla had been the Warden at the Riverside Correctional Facility (RCF), and previously served as Warden of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility (CFCF).
The son of a Correctional Officer himself, Giorla attended Northeast Catholic High School while growing up and earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Community College of Philadelphia. He and his wife Debbie, also a former City employee, reside in Northeast Philadelphia and have three children as well as 6 grandchildren.