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PBS Alum Appointed to Lead Iowa Prison System

June 05, 2019

Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed a woman who’s been working inside the state’s prison system as the new leader of the Iowa Department of Corrections.

Beth Skinner has been the department’s director of risk reduction since 2017, in charge of research, training and programs to reduce the number of paroled inmates who commit another crime and get sent back to prison. Governor Reynolds, in a written statement, said Skinner’s vision aligns with her own when it comes to rehabilitating offenders so they will be productive members of society when they are paroled.


Skinner earned three degrees from the University of Iowa: a bachelors in psychology, plus a masters and a doctorate in social work.