In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 creating "National Correctional Officers' Week." The first full week in May has since been recognized as National Correctional Officers' Week to honor the work of correctional officers and correctional personnel nationwide.
In 1996, Congress officially changed the name of the week to National Correctional Officers and Employees Week. The names of 585 correctional officers are engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. These courageous heroes are forever remembered, and their light continues to shine through their memory, and through the selfless men and women who continue to serve each day.
President Reagan's original proclamation
Are there any events to honor the officers? Where? I would love to attend!
National Correctional Employees Week is observed in conjunction with National Police Week with a wreath laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington, DC. The ceremony is sponsored by the Corrections Chiefs Committee of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and is scheduled from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday, May 4. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of the wreath laying ceremony.
The American Jail Association invites all jail facilities throughout the country to submit a news brief and photos of their 2013 recognition activities. The information will be published in the September/October 2013 edition of American Jails Magazine. Material must be received by June 10, 2013. For more information, please call Rick Neimiller at 301-790-3930 ext. 13.
A number of local correctional agencies participating in memorial events have announced their plans online. You might check for activities that are being sponsored by agencies in your area.
This blog is funded by a contract from the National Institute of Corrections, U.S. Department of Justice. Points of view or opinions stated in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.