Dr. Ryan Thornell as the Director of Arizona Department of Corrections 

Dr. Ryan Thornell has been serving the corrections system for more than 18 years, currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner of Corrections for the Maine Department of Corrections. During his time with Maine, Dr. Thornell has led significant initiatives that re-envision traditional policies and approaches to incarceration, reforming a wide variety of adult corrections areas, challenging the status quo and implementing 21st century, normalized corrections practices. He received his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati and his Doctorate in Political Science from the University of South Dakota.