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PRESS RELEASE: Danielle Armbruster Named Assistant Secretary of Reentry

Released November 28, 2017

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Assistant Secretary Danielle Armbruster

TUMWATER – Secretary Stephen Sinclair has named Danielle Armbruster as the assistant secretary of the reentry division within the Washington Department of Corrections, effective December 1, 2017. The appointment is part of the department's recent reorganization and streamlining to focus on community reentry. Armbruster currently serves as the assistant secretary for Correctional Industries and brings more than 21 years of correctional experience to the role.

“The Washington Department of Corrections has begun to do great work around reentry fundamentals,” said Sinclair. “I’ve challenged Danielle to establish a data-driven Reentry Division that will take the strong base we’ve begun to build and incorporate more of what works and evidence-based research throughout our agency’s program offerings. In keeping with Governor Inslee’s Executive Order 16-05 (pdf) to successfully reintegrate individuals, Danielle has the right experience and professionalism to drive greater community involvement and enhance reentry efforts so that we improve public safety for all Washingtonians.”

Danielle Armbruster began her career with the Department of Corrections in September 1996 as a clerk typist 2 and promoted through increasing levels of responsibility from accounting to general manager of Correctional Industries at Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Armbruster has also served as a board member with the National Correctional Industries Association (NCIA) and recently served as the chair for the NCIA’s Western Region.

Armbruster is the 2012 recipient of the Secretary’s Leadership Award.

“Reentry is about building the right environment to encourage success among those who are sentenced to the department’s custody. I’m excited by the opportunity being provided by Secretary Sinclair, and look forward to adding to the strong foundation already laid,” said Armbruster. “Planning and preparing for reentry starts when an individual first walks into a correctional facility. We must administer a holistic approach to successfully reintegrate people back into our communities. Through a comprehensive reentry design, we will help individuals gain the skills needed to obtain meaningful employment and reunite with their families in our local communities. Together with our partners and stakeholders in the community, and by providing the necessary tools and guidance to those in our agency’s custody, we can improve public safety and reduce future victimization and crime.”