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WHEREAS, correctional officers are responsible for supervising offenders serving sentences in local, state, or federal 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 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 re-entry 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, Correctional Officers’ Week offers an opportunity to acknowledge and honor Virginia's correctional officers for the vital contributions and sacrifices they make to protect the citizens of our great Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 6-12, 2018, as CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.