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September 23, 2021
Department of Corrections (DOC) Secretary Cheryl Strange has named state senator Jeannie Darneille (D-Tacoma) as assistant secretary of DOC's Women's Prison Division. Darneille has represented the 27th Legislative District for over two decades and is a leading voice for juvenile and criminal justice reforms in Washington State. She currently chairs the Senate Human Services, Reentry & Rehabilitation Committee and serves on the state Senate Law & Justice and Ways & Means committees. Senator Darneille has been an advocate on several task forces addressing poverty, homelessness, incarceration, and child welfare. Darneille's new role will oversee the development of a new Women's Prison Division within the DOC and carries with that responsibilities ranging from policy development and programming to safety and security. Secretary Strange created a Women's Prison Division early in her appointment as DOC Secretary, to advance the department's efforts to develop a gender responsive program that will better address the needs of DOC's female incarcerated population.