Silverdale Correctional Facility Recognizes National Correctional Officers And Employees Week

Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Richard Fisher, LPN Ana McLeroy, LPN Gabrielle Mauldin, RN and Correctional Officer James Naylor make up part of the variety of staff positions that provide correctional services at the Silverdale Correctional Facility.
Richard Fisher, LPN Ana McLeroy, LPN Gabrielle Mauldin, RN and Correctional Officer James Naylor make up part of the variety of staff positions that provide correctional services at the Silverdale Correctional Facility.

At CCA facilities across the country, more than 17,000 correctional professionals care for and serve nearly 80,000 men and women, while protecting communities. 206 employees at Silverdale are responsible for the safe and secure housing of approximately 1000 inmates for the Hamilton County Department of Corrections and United States Marshal's Service.

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, which runs May 2-8, recognizes the daily efforts of correctional professionals who work for government and corrections companies in the nation’s detention centers, jails and prisons.

Activities to celebrate and honor employees at Silverdale this week include Hot Dog Cookouts, Ice Cream Sundaes' and each employee will receive a commemorative pin.

Officially proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987, this time is intended to pay homage to correctional professionals’ “capable handling of the physical and emotional demands made upon them daily.”

National Correctional Officers and Employees Week also acknowledge that “their profession requires careful and constant vigilance, and the threat of violence is always present. At the same time, these dedicated employees try to improve the living conditions of those who are being confined.”

“Corrections is a field that requires dedication, teamwork and commitment to service,” said Paul L. Jennings, warden. “Corrections professionals are our neighbors, our relatives, our friends. They are role models and mentors, who serve communities, improve lives and perform a service our society needs.”

A CCA correctional facility has been compared to a small town, with a similar array of services and functions. A typical CCA facility features housing units, classrooms, dining halls, vocational workshops, recreational areas, places of worship and more. Such facilities are staffed by professionals in security, health services and administration that all do their part to safeguard communities and serve the unique needs of inmates.

CCA employees also exhibit a strong commitment to community. At Silverdale, for example, employees are currently helping prepare facilities for the opening of The Next Door, a transition program for women recently released from incarceration. Past events have included working with the Ronald McDonald House and the Chambliss Children's Home.

“Our professionals call this place home,” said Edward Baldwin, assistant warden. “As employees of a company that believes in giving back, they too, pride themselves in making the community a better place.”

Correctional Counselor's Kelly Maye and Christopher Poole provide assistance with inmate needs.
Correctional Counselor's Kelly Maye and Christopher Poole provide assistance with inmate needs.

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