Magazine article American Jails

Board Profile

Magazine article American Jails

Board Profile

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Joli Rish Shumpert, CJM, CCM, CBHC-CO, Lieutenant/Accreditation and Standards Compliance Manager, Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center, Richland County, Columbia, South Carolina

Hello, my name is Joli Rish Shumpert. I am the Accreditation and Standards Compliance Manager for the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Columbia, South Carolina, where I have served the past 22 years.

?¢ I decided to enter the field of corrections and make it my career because... A friend was working as an E-911 operator and urged me to apply as well. While talking through some of the interview questions, the recruiter felt my personality was better suited for the jail. At the time, I thought the idea of working in detention absolutely absurd! But I'm also one that never shies from a challenging opportunity. I began with absolutely no expectations. I now know it to be my ministry.

?¢ The most unusual job I've ever had was... As a bread baker for a steakhouse when I was 15. I went to work in the wee hours of the morning, mixing and prepping 50-pound bags of dough, getting rolls in the proofer in time to rise and be ready for the day's lunch crowd. I made thousands of rolls a day for just $3.15 an hour. I thought I was rich when I cashed my two-week $85 check!

?¢ My favorite meal is... Any meal my husband cooks. He truly enjoys cooking and baking, and I enjoy eating!

?¢ One item from my personal "bucket list" is to... Travel to Reykjavik, Iceland, swim in the Blue Lagoon and marvel at the Northern Lights.

?¢ The hardest thing I've ever done is... Leave my children on very short notice and on Mother's Day weekend to admit myself to UNC for two months, where my life-saving bone marrow transplant was to take place. However, I was reminded that it was just the one Mother's Day that I had to sacrifice to be able to enjoy many more Mother's Day weekends with them. …

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