For Release: November 16, 2017
Contact: Judy Beck, (406) 444-0409
HELENA – Montana Department of Corrections Director Reginald D. Michael today announced that Jennie Hansen, the Eastern Region Bureau Chief for the Probation and Parole Division, has been selected as the new warden of the Montana Women’s Prison.
“Jennie Hansen has served with the Montana Department of Corrections in several capacities over the years, including contributions as an Institutional Probation and Parole Officer at the women’s prison, and at various other leadership levels within the P&P Division,” Michael said. “I am confident she will bring effective leadership skills and valuable experience to her new role as the MWP Warden and to the department’s leadership team.”
Hansen has worked for the Department of Corrections since 2009, including almost five years working within the women’s prison, assisting inmates in case planning and preparing for their re-entry into the community. She also has managed a specialized caseload of mentally ill offenders, and served as a supervisor in the Billings Probation and Parole office.
In 2016, Hansen was promoted to the Eastern Region Bureau Chief for the P&P Division, overseeing the 10 field offices in that part of the state. In that capacity, she implemented new policies and procedures for community safety. She has also been instrumental in ensuring the use of evidence-based practices and risk-and-needs assessments, while serving as a subject matter expert on gender-responsive treatment.
In 2015, Hansen was appointed by the Attorney General to serve as a member of the Commission on Sentencing, created by the legislature to examine Montana’s criminal justice system and make recommendations to the 65th Legislature to reform the system and use resources more effectively. She has also served as a member of the Montana Board of Crime Control since 2016.
Hansen graduated from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology.
Former Montana Women’s Prison warden Joan Daly-Shinners retired in October 2017.