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Letter: Corrections officers perform critical and difficult job

Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

This week is designated as National Corrections Week. It is a time to recognize those people who are responsible for the security of jails and prisons for their work ensuring public safety.

We would like to honor and thank the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office deputies who work in the Corrections Division. These men and women not only maintain security and efficiency in all jail-related responsibilities but also provide security at the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Corrections work is difficult and demanding. Corrections officers deal with individuals who either are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to serve time for a crime. The deputies make decisions and exercise judgment, often in the face of adversity. These decisions not only are critical to public safety but also the safety of the inmates.

Although their work goes unnoticed, they are performing their duties 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and are a significant part of the criminal justice system in DeKalb County.

We believe the importance of correctional officers, both in the county jail as well as the state and federal prisons, is best illustrated in the following quote from an editorial in Corrections Technology and Management:

“A correctional facility is a place where a debt is paid off and freedom is gone. Corrections is a vital link in the cycle of criminal justice. The job corrections officers do represents the backbone of the laws of our land. Police are often called the thin blue line; but corrections professionals are the ground that line is drawn upon, and it is solid ground.”

Sheriff Roger Scott and

Jail Commander Lt. Joyce Klein

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office

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