A Proclamation: National Correctional Employees' Week.
There are occasions in which staff exhibit extraordinary skill and talent in a crisis and these efforts usually are appropriately rewarded. They can be the measure of the training and character of staff. Certainly there are several examples of staff who are tested by the difficult clientele we serve. In these instances, staff show time and again that confidence entrusted in them is well-placed. Unfortunately, we work in a business in which opportunities to be a hero can be frequent.
Any organization can be proud of its successes. The greatest success, however, lies in doing an extremely difficult job, in adverse circumstances, in a routinely professional manner. The warden who has a good third-shift staff is truly blessed because he can sleep knowing that the facility will function smoothly. The principal with a motivated staff who can teach reading and other basic skills enhances all of us. Probation officers, counselors and case managers who know the clients and can help them to grow, emotionally improve the society in which we live. Medical staff who heal and nurture are a comfort to the afflicted. Clerical and business staff who keep the mountains of paperwork moving and weave their way through a myriad of regulations allow us all to maintain our focus. If it were not for them and many others, we would be less than we can be. This is why during the week of Aug. 12-18, we will celebrate correctional staff and the work they do.
Betty Adams Green
American Correctional Association
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|Date:||Aug 1, 2001|
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