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Prison-reform award given to Schriro and staff

September 19, 2008

Dora Schriro, an adjunct professor at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law and director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, recently accepted an award from Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Schriro and her staff received a 2008 Innovations in American Government Award for its Getting Ready: Keeping Communities Safe in 2004 initiative.

The statewide program exposes inmates to a structured environment similar to the outside world, with real-world workdays, leisure activities, progressive decision making and earned opportunities. The goal of the program, which provides incentives and earned privileges for good behavior, is to empower inmates to take control of their lives, according to the department.

Schriro teaches the Corrections Seminar at the law school.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law