Center on Sentencing and Corrections

Shirley R. Moore Smeal

Shirley R. Moore Smeal

Shirley R. Moore Smeal is currently the executive deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC), a position she has held since April 2010. She is second in command of the agency and responsible for nearly 16,000 staff and over 50,000 inmates. She oversees numerous administrative, programmatic, security, and operational areas for the department. Executive Deputy Secretary Moore Smeal participated in a correctional system reform effort that resulted in the largest population reduction in the department’s history. She is responsible for implementing all provisions of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative within the department, including the complete restructuring of the community corrections system.

Executive Deputy Secretary Moore Smeal began her career in corrections in 1987 and moved through the ranks of PA DOC. In 2001, she was appointed the executive assistant to the secretary of corrections and deputy secretary for administration. She also served as deputy superintendent and then superintendent of State Correctional Institution Muncy (SCI Muncy), as well as regional deputy secretary. In 2010, she was appointed by then-Governor Edward Rendell to serve as the acting secretary of corrections, a position she held until 2011.

Executive Deputy Secretary Moore Smeal serves as chairperson for the annual Executive Women’s Leadership Conference and was chairperson for the 2014 Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice Conference. She has been honored by the National Organization of Black Women in Law Enforcement’s 2012 Trailblazer Award for becoming the highest-ranking female in PA DOC. Ms. Moore Smeal is a member of the Pennsylvania Prison Warden’s Association (PPWA) and was recognized by the organization in 2012 with a lifetime achievement award. She is also a member of the American Correctional Association (ACA) and the Association of Women Executives in Corrections (AWEC), where she serves on the board of directors. She holds a BA in business administration from Edinboro University.