Correctional Officers' Week 2016


WHEREAS, correctional officers are responsible for supervising offenders convicted of crimes and sentenced to serve time in a local jail, regional jail, or Virginia Department of Corrections facility; and

WHEREAS, correctional officers ensure public safety and facility security by supervising offender conduct and behavior to avoid conflicts and escapes; and

WHEREAS, correctional officers are well trained, and dedicated to promoting positive behaviors and outcomes which improve offenders’ post-release success; and

WHEREAS, correctional officers are crucial to the statewide re-entry initiative and reducing recidivism, as they play a critical role in preparing offenders for successful assimilation into their communities after release; and

WHEREAS, correctional officers strive to maintain a safe working and living environment in correctional facilities throughout the Commonwealth, often in the face of significant challenges and dangers; and

WHEREAS, Correctional Officers’ Week offers an opportunity to acknowledge and honor Virginia's correctional officers for the important work they perform each day and for the sacrifices they make to protect the citizens of our great Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 1-7, 2016, as CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.