Every year Correctional Professionals across the country are recognized during the first full week of May for the vital role they play in keeping Tennesseans safe by maintaining custody, control and supervision of offenders. Governor Bill Lee has proclaimed May 3-9, 2020 as Correctional Professionals Week in the volunteer state and is encouraging all Tennesseans to join in this worthy observance. The Department of Correction recognizes our correctional professionals who exemplify integrity, professionalism and strength in often difficult and dangerous situations.
“I have never been prouder of the men and women who work in our prisons and community supervision offices,” Commissioner Tony Parker said. “You have demonstrated a resilience that is unmatched by any other agency in the state or nation and you have shown perseverance and optimism in the face of uncertainty.”
There are more than 6,000 correctional employees working to operate safe and secure prisons and provide effective community supervision in Tennessee.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first full week of May as National Correctional Officers Week. The week has since become a time to recognize all correctional professionals.