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WHEREAS, correctional officers play a crucial role in Virginia’s public safety efforts by supervising offenders serving sentences in local, state, or federal correctional facilities; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers are dedicated to promoting positive behaviors and habits, which improve offenders’ re-entry success; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers are crucial to Virginia’s statewide re-entry initiative and the continued reduction of recidivism, as they play a critical role in preparing offenders for successful re-entry into their communities after release; and
WHEREAS, correctional officers promote the safety of all Virginians by fostering a positive correctional atmosphere conducive to both healing and change; 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 5-11, 2019, as CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS' WEEK in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.