BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – The Department of Corrections recently promoted Deputy Assistant Secretary Rochelle Ambeau to Deputy Warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Ambeau is the third black woman to serve as deputy director of the Louisiana Department of Corrections. However, she is the first black woman to serve as deputy warden of Louisiana’s largest prison, the Louisiana State Penitentiary.

File photo of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola (WAFB)

“Rochelle is a highly skilled individual who brings decades of corrections experience to her new position. Rochelle joined the Department in 1992 as a corrections officer at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW). She rose through the ranks, serving as the agency’s first corrections transition specialist in 2005, and was promoted in 2014 to assistant assistant secretary upon re-entry,” the Department of Corrections spokesperson said. Corrections, Ken Pastorick.

Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc recently created the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Division within the Department of Corrections. DEI is responsible for the effective development of a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization and is committed to continuously fostering an equitable and inclusive environment for staff and the prison population.

“DEI provides leadership and support to ensure that the values ​​of diversity, equity and inclusion are essential elements in all decisions that impact the people we serve to include job candidates, staff, prisoners, families of prisoners, visitors and volunteers. added Pastorick. “DEI initiatives include, but are not limited to, reviewing and making recommendations on practices and policies regarding: recruitment and selection of staff; professional development and training; and areas that impact on opportunities for incarcerated people. DEI provides mandatory diversity training to all staff.

“I appreciate the confidence of Secretary Le Blanc and Warden Tim Hooper in my ability to help run Louisiana’s largest prison. The position of deputy warden is an exciting and challenging continuum of my 27-year career in the office This is an opportunity to show the improvement in our government systems when members of diverse and diverse communities are represented in leadership and management positions. While humbled by this opportunity, I am also so equipped unique to meet the challenges it presents,” added Ambeau.

Ambeau officially assumes her new role as Deputy Director at LSP on Monday, March 28, 2022.

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