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Remember National Correctional Officers' and Employees Week

May 05, 2014  | 

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.


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Ima Leprechaun @ 5/6/2014 4:26 PM

I have a great deal of respect for Correctional Officers. The last place I would ever want to be is locked up and guarding people I put in Prison. It's a tedious job and there are many risks for Correctional Officers. I remember On Easter Sunday, April 11, 1993, 450 Lucasville, Ohio prisoners, including an unlikely alliance of the Aryan Brotherhood and Gangster Disciples, rioted and took over the facility for 11 days. They tortured and killed Officer Robert Vallandingham. The Ohio Highway Patrol was in charge of the scene being the only State Officers that had the right equipment to lock down the facility. OSP watched in horror through a keyhole camera that they bored through a cement wall as prisoners cruelly tortured Officer Vallandingham. His tormenters were convicted and sentenced to death but have yet to be executed they still live in the same prison where they killed this Officer. Other prisoners said he was made an example of because he was always fair to everyone and a decent human being.

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