Welcome Joe Profiri as Arkansas Secretary of the Department of Corrections 


Joe Profiri is a corrections and criminal justice professional with over thirty years of experience in administration of public safety programs and correctional oversight at local, state, and national levels. 
Serving the Arizona Department of Corrections as Deputy Director, he collaborates with the Department’s well-trained workforce of corrections professionals to keep communities safe by effectively employing the field’s best security practices, enforcement actions, and proven reentry programming to ready the offender population for release and reintegration into Arizona’s communities as civil and productive citizens.  
During his career with the Arizona Department of Corrections, Joe has served in many capacities, beginning in 1988 as a Correctional Officer. He was promoted into the Inspector General’s Bureau as a Criminal Investigator after graduating from the Central Arizona Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, where he was awarded the prestigious Russell L. Duncan Memorial Award for Law Enforcement Excellence. He progressed through the ranks of the Inspector General’s Bureau to finally serve as the (Interim) Deputy Inspector General, before moving to Prison Operations. Joe served in the Warden’s series within Prison Operations and as the Southern Region Operations Director until he was appointed to his current role in August of 2018.
Joe has also served as a police officer with the Coolidge Police Department and Deputy Sheriff with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. 
In addition, he served the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Immigrations Customs Enforcement as a contracted senior expert analyst in evaluating the effectiveness of programs, operations, and productivity of detention management at federal detention facilities to ensure their compliance with National Detention Standards.
Joe graduated summa cum laude from Grand Canyon University where he was conferred a Bachelor of Science Degree in Justice Studies. He also completed his Certified Public Manager through Arizona State University and attended the Executive Excellence Program through the U.S. Department of Justice – National Institute of Corrections. 
Joe is a member of the North American Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Arizona Probation, Parole and Corrections Association, and the American Correctional Association.     
A native Arizonan, Joe enjoys an array of outdoor recreational activities with his family, volunteering and serving various ministries at his church.