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Dora B. Schriro

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DORA B. SCHRIRO is the Commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction. Commissioner Schriro served previously as Special Advisor to DHS Secretary Napolitano and was the first Director of the Office of Detention Policy and Planning within Immigration and Customs Enforcement. During her tenure at DHS, she authored, A Report on the Preliminary Assessment of ICE Detention Policies and Practices: A Recommended Course of Action for Systems Reforms, DHS’ template for improving the nation’s immigration detention system.

Commissioner Schriro previously served as Director of both the Missouri and Arizona Departments of Corrections. Schriro was also Warden and later, Commissioner of the St. Louis City Division of Corrections. She is the only correctional administrator in the country to have led four correctional systems, two state and two city departments of corrections. She has taught graduate criminal justice and Correction law classes throughout her career and published in the areas of correctional and immigration innovations and systems reform.

Dr. Schriro was recognized by her peers as the country’s top correctional administrator in 1999; received the National Governors Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award in 2006; earned the Innovations in American Government Award for Arizona’s comprehensive pre-release strategy, Getting Ready, in 2008; and was presented with the US Department of Justice Allied Professional Award in 2012 for exceptional service to crime victims. Schriro currently serves on the boards of the Women’s Refugee Commission and the NYC Horticulture Society and the ABA standards subcommittees for Corrections and Immigrations. Effective this fall, Schriro is appointed to serve on the ABA Commission on Immigration. She is a graduate of Northeastern University (BA cum laude), University of Massachusetts-Boston (MS), Columbia University (EdD), and St. Louis University (JD).