I began this blog in May 2009 following the death of Marcia Powell at Perryville State Prison in Goodyear, Arizona. It is not intended to prescribe the path that leads to freedom from the prison industrial complex.

Rather, these are just my observations in arguably the most racist, fascist, militaristic state in the nation at a critical time in history for a number of intersecting liberation movements. From Indigenous resistance to genocidal practices, to the fight over laws like SB1070 and the ban on Ethnic Studies, Arizona is at the center of many battles for human rights, and thus the struggle for prison abolition as well - for none are free until all are. I retired the blog in APRIL 2013.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

AZ Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan

Recent posts on Director Ryan:

Director Ryan's biographical information was taken from the website of
the Arizona Department of Corrections.



Director, Arizona Department of Corrections

Charles L. Ryan has more than thirty years of experience in the field of corrections. He has served as Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Deputy Director of Prison Operations, as a prison warden and as a prison administrator. He possesses in-depth, hands-on institutional skills developed at entry-level, supervisory, administrative and executive level positions from minimum to super-maximum security. He also served as the Assistant Program Manager for the Department of Justice overseeing the Iraqi Prison System for almost four years.

Mr. Ryan has extensive experience in the development of correctional institution policy including the formulation of the inmate classification system, the staffing, operation and activation of various prison complexes and the development of budgetary requirements all presented to the executive and legislative branches of government. He has also been instrumental in developing operational processes designed to enhance inmate accountability and safer prisons and detention facilities. He has executive experience in human resources and inmate management processes at an agency employing approximately 10,000 personnel and the custody and control of over 40,000 inmates.

Mr. Ryan holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Western International University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.

Mr. Ryan has been honored with many awards which include:

  • Meritorious Honor Award, Ambassador to Iraq, US Department of State
  • Special Recognition Award, Criminal Division, Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice
  • Medal of Valor Award, US Department of Justice
  • Quest Award, Use of Force Study and Policy Development, Arizona Department of Corrections
  • Meritorious Service Award, Arizona Department of Corrections
  • Warden of the Year, Correctional Industries Association
  • Administrator of the Year, Arizona Department of Corrections
  • Administrator of the Year, Arizona Administrator’s Association

1 comment:

  1. I'm just wondering why everyone is forgetting to love thy neighbor?
    No one is perfect. Not even those who think they are. The prison system is overcrowded. There is a reason for that and it's not because of people committing crime. It is because of a failing judicial system that uses an overall sentancing system instead of looking at each case individually. It is also because people have forgotten to love and to forgive and some people that hold high positions are not trying to solve the problem. They seem to just want to put "bad" people away instead of looking for solutions to a failing prison system. Isn't it time for a change.. Time to catch up with our changing society and learn from past mistakes. The people who are putting people in prison are still living in the dark ages, using latin terms for court procedures is only one symptom of a grossly outdated judicial system.
    Why cant people learn brotherly love and try to fix our world instead of locking away our problems?