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Harry Confirmed To Lead Department of Corrections

Laurel Harry

Another day, another confirmation.

The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously confirmed Laurel Harry to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Corrections.

She becomes the 12th Cabinet appointment made by Gov. Josh Shapiro to be confirmed by the chamber.

“It is an honor to work alongside the more than 17,000 men and women of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections whose hard work and dedication have built our agency into a recognized leader in the field of corrections,” saidHarry. “All Pennsylvanians deserve to be safe and feel safe in their communities, and I look forward to collaborating with the team Governor Shapiro has assembled to achieve that goal.”

A 24-year veteran of the Department, Harry began her DOC career in 1999 as a drug and alcohol treatment specialist before serving in a variety of roles while moving up the ranks, including drug and alcohol treatment specialist supervisor, unit manager, deputy superintendent, superintendent of SCI Camp Hill for 10 years, and most recently, acting western region deputy secretary. She becomes the first woman to lead the Department.

Harry graduated from the Criminal Justice Executive Leadership Program in 2008 and the Leadership Development Institute in 2010. She was recognized by the PA Prison Wardens Association as the 2019 Warden of the Year. Harry earned her doctorate in criminal justice at California University of Pennsylvania and also holds a master’s degree in counseling and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from West Virginia University.


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