Mr. Wainwright received his Masters's Degree in Criminal Justice from Nova University, later serving as an adjunct faculty member. He was the acknowledged Dean of American Correctional Administrators and served as Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections for 25 years.
He received the American Correctional Association's highest tribute, the E.R. Cass Award for outstanding service. His efforts in support of accreditation in Florida and nationwide earned him the 1986 Accreditation Achievement Award from the Commission of Accreditation for Corrections.
Mr. Wainwright was appointed to the Corrections Foundation Board in 2001 and re-appointed as President for consecutive terms until his passing on December 23, 2021.