ADCRR Appoints Women’s Services Administrator

October 6, 2023

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2023

PHOENIX- The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Reentry (ADCRR) is pleased to announce the appointment of Women's Services Administrator, Ms. Amber Marshall. This is the first appointment to this position in recent memory for the ADCRR, filling a noticeable void.

The reintegration of this position is vital to ADCRR’s commitment to creating a safe, secure, and humane correctional system. The Department’s new mission places a purpose-driven focus on the need for modernized and mindful gender-specific care and services for the women in its custody.

Recognizing the unique needs of incarcerated women, Ms. Marshall’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment for the Department.

“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,” said ADCRR Director, Ryan Thornell.  “It’s no secret that incarcerated women face a unique set of challenges and needs. With the appointment of Amber Marshall as ADCRR’s Women’s Services Administrator, we’re taking deliberate and thoughtful action to address those needs and challenges head on.”

Ms. Marshall will focus on:

  • Developing and managing gender-responsive policies and practices for use in community corrections and in 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 population.
  • Ensuing alignment between community and facility practices with the mission and goals of the Department.

“Ms. Marshall is a proven leader, poised to steer this critical effort for our Department,” said Director Thornell. “I am confident that she will help ADCRR set a new standard of best practices for women's corrections, not only here in Arizona, but across the nation.”

Collaborating with ADCRR leadership, the Department’s Community Corrections team, and Warden Hope Ping at ASPC-Perryville, Ms. Marshall will work to transform the Department’s practices and services to support the holistic and individualized needs of incarcerated women.

Amber Marshall began her career with ADCRR in 2015 and is a 2016 Bachelor of Science graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Prior to being appointed to her new role in September 2023, Ms. Marshall served the Agency in many capacities, including as a correctional officer, case manager, community corrections officer, supervisor of case managers, associate deputy warden, and reentry coordinator.


ADCRR Media Contacts:
Judy Keane
Brendon Cross