Whether working in an institutional or community corrections environment, corrections professionals are faced with a myriad of challenges daily, from the populations we work with, responsibility to peers and leaders, queries from the media and public, and demands from friends and family. While the work can be immensely rewarding, individuals entering this profession should be aware of both the tremendous opportunities that exist as well as the risks.
This portal has been created to support individual and organizational growth. Individually, you can take the opportunity to look honestly at what shapes the way you see people. Organizationally, the portal gives you the chance to reshape the foundation of your organization’s culture by helping you examine bias, lead diverse teams, stand for racial and social justice, support inclusive teams, and explore tips on how to create DEIA programs at work.
Done well, a DEIA program will be the heartbeat for a culture of respect, safety, productivity, and efficiency. This is the type of environment needed for all workplaces and especially within the correctional system.
The most valuable resource to any organization is its people. Corrections agencies across the country face a staffing crisis, not only in sheer numbers of appropriate staffing but also in the diversity and wellness of their staff. It is essential that resources are committed to corrections’ historically underinvested and most valuable resource, human capital.