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PRINTER'S NO. 3208
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
456
Session of
2024
INTRODUCED BY SCOTT, HILL-EVANS, GIRAL, SCHMITT, PIELLI, VENKAT,
MARCELL, KINSEY, PROBST, McNEILL, MADDEN, SANCHEZ, NEILSON,
SCHLOSSBERG, HADDOCK, MERSKI, JOZWIAK, BURGOS, DELLOSO,
CURRY, CIRESI AND ZIMMERMAN, JUNE 3, 2024
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY, JUNE 3, 2024
A RESOLUTION
Designating the week of May 5 through 11, 2024, as "Correctional
Officers Week" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, Correctional officers play a vital role in the
criminal justice system as they maintain the security and
operation of correctional facilities; and
WHEREAS, Correctional officers are essential in ensuring the
safety of incarcerated individuals and staff in correctional
facilities; and
WHEREAS, Correctional officers are responsible for regular
searches and inspections in order to mitigate the issue of
contraband; and
WHEREAS, With training in crisis intervention and conflict
resolution, correctional officers are tasked with de-escalating
potentially dangerous situations and preventing violence; and
WHEREAS, As efforts to reform the criminal justice system
have increased, the role of correctional officers has evolved to
include the rehabilitation of incarcerated individuals; and
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WHEREAS, Correctional officers are crucial in implementing
programs intended to reduce recidivism and encouraging positive
outcomes for incarcerated individuals; and
WHEREAS, Correctional officers may assume a support role as
they engage with incarcerated individuals who are navigating
mental health challenges, substance use disorders and additional
rehabilitative concerns; and
WHEREAS, The interpersonal and communication skills of
correctional officers are paramount in fostering positive
interactions with incarcerated individuals and staff; and
WHEREAS, While correctional officers are important in the
successful operation of correctional facilities, they face
various challenges in their line of work; and
WHEREAS, As correctional officers work in high-stress
environments, they are regularly exposed to violence, increasing
their risk of harm; and
WHEREAS, These stressors often adversely affect correctional
officers' mental health, consequently leading to post-traumatic
stress disorder and burnout; and
WHEREAS, Institutional challenges, such as overcrowding,
further complicate the strain placed on correctional officers;
and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, insufficient resources such as
inadequate staffing and training programs cause difficulties in
effectively navigating institutional challenges; and
WHEREAS, Correctional officers deserve to be recognized for
their indispensable contributions to the criminal justice
system; and
WHEREAS, "National Correctional Officers Week" has been
observed since 1984 to thank correctional officers for their
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service; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate the
week of May 5 through 11, 2024, as "Correctional Officers Week"
in Pennsylvania.
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