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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Correctional Officers' Week

WHEREAS, correctional officers are responsible for supervising offenders in local or state correctional facilities; and,

WHEREAS, correctional officers promote the safety of all Virginians by supervising offender conduct and behavior to avoid conflicts and escapes; and,

WHEREAS, correctional officers are well trained and dedicated to promoting positive behaviors and outcomes, which improve offenders' post-release success; and,

WHEREAS, correctional officers are crucial to the statewide re-entry initiative and reducing recidivism, as they play a critical role in preparing offenders for successful assimilation into their communities after release; and,

WHEREAS, correctional officers strive to maintain a safe working and living environment in correctional facilities throughout the Commonwealth, often in the face of significant challenges and dangers; and,

WHEREAS, National Correctional Officers’ Week was first proclaimed on May 5, 1984 by President Ronald Reagan to recognize the men and women who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country; and,

WHEREAS, Correctional Officers’ Week offers an opportunity to acknowledge and honor Virginia’s correctional officers for the vital contributions they make each day and for the sacrifices they make to protect the citizens of our great Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 1-7, 2022 as CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS’ WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.