Ducey Appoints Federal Official As New State Corrections Director

Oct 8, 2019

Governor Doug Ducey has appointed a new director to oversee Arizona's prison system. Ducey announced Monday that David Shinn has been appointed as the new head of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

David Shinn
Credit Federal Bureau of Prisons

Shinn is currently the assistant director for the “Program Review Division” of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. He replaces Charles Ryan, who retired last month amid ongoing controversies.

The Arizona Department of Corrections is appealing a 2018 contempt-of-court ruling that found Ryan failed to honor promises in a legal settlement to improve prison health care. A report from former state Supreme Court justices said Ryan was "surprisingly uninformed" for too long about poor functioning of prison locks.

According to Ducey, Shinn has more than 30 years of experience serving as a corrections officer and as an executive leader.