For Immediate Release
A message from ADC Director Charles Ryan:
Today, the Arizona Department of Corrections marks 50 years of serving and protecting the people of Arizona. On June 20, 1968, then-Arizona Governor Jack Williams signed legislation establishing ADC as a State government agency, overseeing Arizona’s correctional facilities.
50 years later, current Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued an official proclamation recognizing this momentous 50th milestone and celebrating where the agency is today. The Department proudly employs 9,000 correctional professionals who create safer communities through the effective corrections of 42,000 inmates and 5,200 offenders in the public on community supervision.
ADC is grateful to the people of Arizona for the public support we have received over these many years.
As we pause to reflect on this milestone, we also celebrate the Department’s development of a modern correctional system that provides extensive, positive programming opportunities to inmates and offenders with the goal of preparing them for successful reentry to communities across Arizona upon release.
Through innovative programs focusing on education, employment, life skills, religion, and self-help and addiction services, inmates have more opportunities than ever to create a real second chance for themselves. This is also possible, in part, as a result of the incredible support from our numerous community partners and stakeholders.
Looking ahead, ADC will continue to fulfill its public-safety mission to safely and securely manage Arizona’s inmate population. We have also set for ourselves an ambitious “25-in-10” strategic goal to reduce prison recidivism by 25 percent in 10 years, which we believe can be achieved through our shared commitment to build an engaged and skilled workforce, and provide reentry preparation and support.
As Director, and as a 41-year corrections professional, I wish to acknowledge the many amazing men and women who have worked for ADC over these past 50 years. More than ever, ADC employees are the critical and driving force behind our continuous improvement and success as an agency, and I have absolute confidence in all of us to lead the Department forward into our next 50 years!
Charles L. Ryan