Day after day, Des Moines County Correctional Officers enter places where most citizens never want to go--the county jail. Behind those walls live inmates who broke laws and threatened society, in some cases violently and with no remorse. The work environment of a jail has demanding workplace challenges with little or no rewards. Working nights, weekends and holidays away from their families is just one of the many hardships of this profession.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating National Correctional Officers Week. The first full week in May has since been recognized as National Correctional Employees Week to honor the work of correctional personnel nationwide.

Des Moines County corrections employees serve a vital role in the criminal justice system, working to keep the public safe from dangerous criminals, while providing coordinated rehabilitative services to ensure our inmates' successful re-entry into our communities. Those working in this profession deserve the thanks and appreciation of all of Des Moines County's residents.

I cannot fully express how proud I am of the correctional center's 40 employees who do so much for our county both on the job and off.

Douglas J. Ervine,

Jail Administrator, Des Moines County