The Arizona legislature confirmed Dora Schriro as corrections director, reports the Arizona Republic. Her 11-month tenure included the nation’s longest prison hostage standoff. The confirmation had been delayed pending results of a grand-jury investigation into her handling of the standoff, but that report is not out.
During a hearing yesterday before the Senate’s government committee, Schriro discussed her “love affair” with corrections and her plans to expand victim-oriented programs and job training and education activities. She reminded senators that the 15-day hostage standoff at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis in January ended peacefully. “It is in retrospect that we can say we did win,” Schriro said, calling the standoff the “most difficult and daunting” challenge that she and others in the field had ever seen.
Senate committee chairman Jay Tibshraeny noted that despite the confirmation, Gov. Janet Napolitano could still remove Schriro if the report reflects poorly on her performance. Sen. Bob Burns objected to Schriro’s confirmation, complaining that she delayed the construction of a private prison for which the state had contracted.