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ADCRR inaugurates Women’s Services Administrator

Amber Marshall’s appointment aims to address gender-specific needs within Arizona’s correctional system

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By Corrections1 Staff

PHOENIX, Ariz. — In a move aimed at addressing gender-specific needs within the correctional system, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry (ADCRR) has announced the appointment of Ms. Amber Marshall as the Women’s Services Administrator. This appointment, the first of its kind in recent memory for the ADCRR, comes at a crucial time as the department aims to reimagine corrections in Arizona.

The reintroduction of the Women’s Services Administrator role is a testament to ADCRR’s commitment to fostering a safe, secure and humane correctional environment. The department’s new mission underscores the importance of modernized and mindful gender-specific care and services for the women under its jurisdiction.

ADCRR Director Ryan Thornell emphasized the department’s proactive approach, stating, “When I say that we are ‘reimagining corrections’ in Arizona, it really starts with identifying the greatest needs within our system, and taking action to address them.” He acknowledged the distinct set of challenges and needs that incarcerated women encounter and expressed confidence that Ms. Marshall’s appointment would lead to deliberate and thoughtful action to tackle these issues head-on.

In her new role, Ms. Marshall will be responsible for:

  • Developing and managing gender-responsive policies and practices both in community corrections and facility operations.
  • Training staff in gender-responsivity.
  • Providing direction to ADCRR staff on issues pertaining specifically to female offenders.
  • Ensuring compliance with regulations and contractual regulations as they relate to the female population.
  • Aligning community and facility practices with the mission and goals of the Department.

Amber Marshall, a 2016 Bachelor of Science graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, began her career with ADCRR in 2015. Before her recent appointment in September 2023, she served the agency in various capacities including as a correctional officer, case manager, community corrections officer, supervisor of case managers, associate deputy warden, and reentry coordinator. Her diverse experience within the ADCRR positions her as a valuable asset in driving the gender-responsive agenda forward, marking a new chapter in Arizona’s correctional system.

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