Correctional Officers' Week


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

WHEREAS, correctional officers are committed to ensuring public safety by supervising offender conduct and behavior to avoid conflicts and escapes, and maintaining security within the facility; and

WHEREAS, correctional officers are dedicated to protecting offenders while promoting positive behavior, attitudes, and skills which will improve the offenders' chances of becoming productive members of society when they are released from custody; 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 the community 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 4-10, 2014, as CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.