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News: Press Release

For Immediate Release: May 6, 2013 - Contact Lisa E. Kinney, (804) 674-3275

Virginia Department of Corrections Recognizes Correctional Officers' Week

RICHMOND — Correctional officers in Virginia’s prison system work hard every day to make Virginia a safer place to live. Their dedication to public safety will be honored May 5–11, which is recognized as Correctional Officers' Week in the Commonwealth.

"Correctional officers have chosen a challenging profession which does not always receive the recognition it deserves,” said Department of Corrections Director Harold Clarke. “As committed public servants, they work with a population that has many needs, successfully building on a foundation of safety and security to provide guidance, education, and rehabilitation — a better path forward."

Throughout the week, the Virginia Department of Corrections (VADOC) will recognize and honor Virginia's correctional officers. In recent years, correctional officers have taken a lead role in implementing evidence-based practices and preparing offenders for successful life outside the prison system. Re-entry preparation begins with an offender's first contact with the VADOC.

"Visiting correctional facilities in the Commonwealth, I have witnessed firsthand the professionalism and dedication of our officers. They ensure safety in our facilities and have worked hard to implement the Governor’s Re-Entry Initiative," said Secretary of Public Safety Marla Graff Decker. "Our correctional officers are well trained, motivated, and ready for every challenge."

More information about the VADOC can be found at