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ADC to Observe National Correctional Officers and Employees’ Week 2016
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. The Arkansas Department of Correction has joined many other correctional agencies in observing this week since the 1980s.
Corrections is a field that requires constant vigilance from the personnel that answer the call to serve. Said, Director Wendy Kelley “while we appreciate our hardworking staff daily, we take special care this week to express our gratitude for the vital role they play in advancing our Mission of Public Safety.” According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, correctional facilities advance the goal of public safety by “separating those who have committed offenses from the community, deterring others from committing offenses, and rehabilitating individuals for reintegration into the community upon release.”
The Arkansas Department of Correction employs over 4,000 uniformed and administrative staff at twenty-two (22) locations across the state. Each location is holding staff appreciation events in recognition of the National Correctional Officers and Employees’ Week.
AROUND ADC CELEBRATING NATIONAL CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' WEEK