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A Proclamation: National Correctional Employees' Week.

While the nature of what we do and how we do it may change over time, there is only one constant. That critical element--the people who work with us--will ultimately determine the success or failure of any program or correctional system. The correctional officers who routinely follow post orders, the cooks who prepare meals, the medical staff who render care, the probation officers who manage their caseloads, the supervisors who provide support and the countless others stand between the people we serve and the public we protect. Their day-to-day efforts rarely are recognized or rewarded, but are essential to our success.

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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Publication:Corrections Today
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Aug 1, 2001
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