Charles L. Ryan
Arizona Department of Corrections Director is responsible for the
overall operations and policies of ADC, including:
- Maintaining and administering all ADC institutions and programs.
Administering community supervision services for adult inmates
released from prison in accordance with the law.
Developing uniform statewide community field supervision services in Arizona.
Recommending policies and programs to the Governor and Legislature
for improving correctional programs.
Establishing employment qualifications (based on education and
practical experience) for Deputy Directors and other key personnel.
Developing incentives for inmates to encourage good behavior and
faithful performance of work.
The following sections support the Director in carrying out his responsibilities:
Media Relations Office
Media Relations conducts the internal and external communication functions of the Arizona Department of Corrections. The Director of Communications and Public Information Officer act as spokespersons
for the Department, disseminating information to the media and
planning media appearances by the Director and other Department employees.
Please submit general inquiries to:
Legislative Affairs staff coordinates and prepares Department legislation;
monitors all legislative issues that impact the Department; establishes
and maintains legislative contacts on the Department's behalf, and
investigates and responds to legislative inquiries.
The Legal Services/Discovery Unit,
under the supervision of the General Counsel, works with the DOA Risk Management
Division, the Attorney General's office, and contract attorneys regarding
liability issues arising from lawsuits against the Department. It provides legal
advice, through its General Counsel, to the Director and Division Directors on
liability issues; reviews all proposed settlements of lawsuits filed against the
Department; reviews and analyzes proposed written directives for compliance with
legal requirements; arranges staff and inmate depositions; provides legal advice
on disciplinary and grievance appeals; provides system-wide monitoring and
operational oversight of the Department's Inmate Legal Access Program; and its
General Counsel supervises the Inmate Grievance and Disciplinary Appeals Hearing
The Strategic Planning Office is responsible for overseeing the agency strategic planning process and for ensuring that the agency Five-Year Strategic Plan and Master List of State Government Programs publications are updated annually and submitted to the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budget. The Office also produces a variety of agency reports, acts as the Auditor General Liaison, and assists with intergovernmental issues and policy development.
ADC Director's BIO