Shout-out to corrections officers around the state

OlympiaDecember 5, 2013 

Recently there was an article in the paper about a prisoner assaulting a corrections officer in the county jail. This prisoner had previously assaulted police as well. The city of Monroe recently honored what they consider the heroes of their city, police and firefighters. Both of these professions keep our communities safe and deserve the utmost respect.

The assault here and last year’s death of a correctional officer at the Washington State Reformatory in Monroe prompted me to write this letter.

We want our communities to be safe and we want criminals to go to prison. In my opinion, we tend to forget that these criminals are housed throughout our entire state and our correctional officers have to deal with them on a daily basis. These men and women put their lives on the line every single day.

My son-in-law works in Monroe. It is a very dangerous place to work as the worst prisoners in the state are placed there. I know the Shelton prison also has a very dangerous and aggressive population of prisoners.

I would like to honor and salute our men and women correctional officers who keep our communities safe by watching over this violent and tumultuous population. We give very little thought to these men and women who are protecting us from this very violent population, and also deserve to be honored for their work.

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