Magazine article Corrections Today

ACA Celebrated National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

Magazine article Corrections Today

ACA Celebrated National Correctional Officers and Employees Week

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May 5-11, 2013

Each Year, during the first full week of May, we take time to celebrate National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. We should never lei this week go by without honoring and thanking all of those public and private correct it professional who do so much work behind the walls and beyond. As president and executive director of the American Correctional Association, we salute those who salute those who quietly go about their business in the corrections profession on a daily basis. We thank all of ACA's chapters and affiliate organizations. leaders of our industry and citizens who showed their support for correctional employees who work every day to keep the public safe and do so without much thanks along the way.

We not only recognized this week as important to corrections, but this week also reminded us that should show our appreciation throughout the year to those who work in the most challenging of environments. Our profession is extremely demanding on those who work in it, and it can also be difficult on their families. Correctional officers, sheriffs' deputies, correctional managers, supervisors, wardens, jail administrators and health care professionals interact with some of the most dangerous, and sometimes unstable citizens in our society. Each day, they put themselves at risk to work with a population that tile general till die often does not really want to know anything about; they just know they want offenders locked up.

Unfortunately, unlike other public safety entities, correctional employees receive little or rot appreciation for doing their job. …

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