In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating "National Correctional Officers' Week." Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional officers and personnel who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country.
Over the weekend, a wreath laying ceremony held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial recognized the service and sacrifice of America's correctional officers. Fallen officers' names were read and white doves were released.
To honor the work of these men and women during National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) has provided a Correctional Resources Special Feature. This resource is a compilation of information, materials, and related websites that focus on corrections equipment and technology, the health and safety of personnel, staff training, and the prevalence and prevention of violence in facilities.