National Correctional Officers Week—originally recognized May 4, 1987, in Proclamation 5187 signed by President Ronald Reagan—is held through Saturday.

Correctional professionals around the world often times have highly demanding jobs that are often “misunderstood and underappreciated”, “diversified and challenging.”

According to Menominee County Sheriff Mike Holmes, “In 2020-2021, the correctional officers of the Menominee County Jail, have had additional challenges as we’ve adapted to the COVID-19 restrictions. Our correctional officers have risen to the challenge, maintaining a tight quarantine in their own lives to protect their families, their coworkers and inmates. We have maintained the best health care and preventative care for our inmates and staff. Some of the changes have resulted in installing remote visitation and courtroom proceedings.

“Our correctional officers set the example to encourage inmates to change their behavior in order to keep them out of the criminal justice system in the future. I’m proud of our correctional staff and I appreciate their important contribution to public safety in Menominee County. They are doing an outstanding job,” continued Holmes.

According to Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve, “Especially this year at our [Marinette] County Jail, we honor the men and women of our jail staff as they deal with high numbers of inmates; many of which have special needs. Our corrections staff works hard around the clock in many capacities to maintain a safe, secure and humane facility. We honor you this week for all your fine work which is, at times, difficult and dangerous.”