Warden Pope has been in charge of Fox River Penitentiary for the past eighteen years with an aim towards rehabilitation. It is his hope that when his inmates are released, they will be less likely to commit another crime. For that purpose, he has established an exhaustive prison industries program to help his inmates gain real world training in fields as diverse as painting, landscaping and various other industrial vocations. Warden Pope also runs an award-winning educational program to help his inmates gain high school equivalency diplomas and, in rare cases, even bachelor degrees. As he nears retirement, Pope seeks a successor who will run Fox River in a similar manner.