Magazine article Corrections Today

Best in the Business Recipients Exemplify Change in Corrections

Magazine article Corrections Today

Best in the Business Recipients Exemplify Change in Corrections

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Welcome to the annual Best in the Business issue of Corrections Today. Congratulations to all individuals chosen for this distinction by the American Correctional Association. This significant accomplishment is held by a small few in our profession, and should be worn proudly like the badge of honor that it truly represents. To paraphrase a military expression, your actions bring great credit to your organization, your profession and yourselves.

As you review their individual success stories, you will undoubtedly find many characteristic similarities between those being recognized; however, I challenge you to look for the commonality that may be less obvious--change. That is not to say that all of these examples of excellence were driven primarily by change, but I believe you will find varying degrees of change woven into their paths to success.

In life, more often than not, the concept of change is a worrisome prospect for many of us, primarily because change represents the great unknown. Stability and consistency provide a sense of comfort and security that many cling to during troublesome or uncertain times, which are all too common in the world that we live in today. This is especially true in the corrections field, which relies so heavily upon stable, consistent operations to ensure safety and security.

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What drives our great nation forward is that we have leaders throughout our government and communities, including some represented within this publication, that are not only open to change, but also accept it as the most promising path to a successful future. …

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