Stories from the Field

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David B.

I’ve heard corrections described as “the accidental profession” and that is certainly true for me. If someone with a crystal ball had told me how I would spend my career, I never would have believed it. I was an “undecided” major in college, unsure of what I wanted to do with my life.

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William S.

After 31 years of service with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), William is well known as an operations expert throughout the state, and his knowledge has been used around the world.

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James B.

I was hired as a correctional officer with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in November, 2000, with 12-years of experience from three very unique correctional facilities.

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Nicole E.

As a Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Nicole E., warden at Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Marianna in Florida, is dedicated to the continued improvement of operations for both staff and inmates at her facility.

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Anthony G.

I have been employed in corrections for over 12 years. My service in this profession covers the complete spectrum of custody levels as well as working with both male and

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Donald S.

Donald S., D.O., MBA, has provided medical care to patients since beginning his career in 1983. As current chief medical officer for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC), Donald has decreased the cost of medical services at the DOC without sacrificing quality of care.

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Theresa F.

I wanted a career that focused on helping others and one that would make a difference in others’ lives. I did not, however, know a great deal about probation until I began working in 1999 as a Judicial Clerk.

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Gregory H.

As the community service coordinator of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Dayton, Ohio, Gregory H. connects people with new purpose.

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Denise B.

My career in the field of corrections began after being hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn, New York. It was a busy time!

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William B.

"The end goal is to fix people.” That’s what retired command evaluator/accreditation manager, William thinks. He has two decades of military corrections experience to back up that statement. “It’s a great honor being recognized by the American Correctional Association,” William said.

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Kimberley H.

Employed by the Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office since December 2004, Ms. Holm has single-handedly operated the Programs section of her agency’s Adult Detention Center with limited resources and increasing demands.

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Ennice H.

Ennice has been the deputy director of the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., for 12 years — but this is not the first time he has served at the base.

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David R.

I entered the criminal justice field as a police officer in 1974 and served in several agencies, including tribal agencies, during 16 years of service. I attained the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and Chief of Police.

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Julie L.

Following 10 years of service in the State and Federal prison systems, Major Lawson began her career in Corrections with the St. Joseph County Police Department in 2001.

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Sean S.

Sean earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Jackson State University in 1992, but his desire to help people led him instead to the business of corrections.

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Martha D.

I did not choose a career in corrections; it chose me! I had been working at a bank for 71/2 years and became disillusioned with the financial industry. I decided to apply for a position as a secretary/receptionist at the Wyoming Honor Conservation Camp and was ultimately hired.

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Charles R.

Known for his operational knowledge and problem-solving expertise, 1st Lt. Richardson has been called “indispensible.” Early last year, his agency added 118,000 square feet and 350 beds. The agency also recalled more than 200 inmates contracted out to other facilities.

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David W.

David found his way into corrections in 1991,when he took a job as a correctional officer at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary (OSP) in McAlester, Okla., after a move from Texas to Oklahoma.

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Carmen Rodriguez

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois. I was initially interested in majoring in aviation, but I soon realized I was too short and didn’t meet the height requirement.

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Scott Taylor

I graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Police Science Administration and Sociology (social work focus). I immediately began my work between degrees by doing an internship working in the state prison helping prepare inmates for release to the community.

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Cpl. Francisco Reyes

Cpl. Francisco Reyes literally “grew up” in the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office. Becoming a member of the agency’s Explorer program in 1990, he was hired as a Correctional Officer in 1997 and later promoted to Corporal in 2010.

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Jeff H.

Jeff H. has been a dedicated employee of the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC) for 11 years. On March 2, 2012, when a devastating tornado struck the small town of West Liberty, Ky., he proved his dedication beyond a shadow of a doubt when he rescued the family of a fellow DOC employee.

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Jacqueline W.

I am the Deputy County Attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon. For nearly 20 years I have provided legal advice to the Multnomah County Department of Community Justice, and the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

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Sharon H.

For more than 15 years, Ofc. Sharon has served as a Correctional Officer with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office, where she has clearly demonstrated her dedication and commitment. During her tenure, Ofc. Sharon has positioned herself for special assignments and additional responsibilities.

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Brent M.

I began my career in Community Corrections in August 1993, when I was hired as a Probation and Parole Agent with the State of South Carolina.

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Robert G.

On July 5, 2011, Robert was looking forward to enjoying a day of boating and fishing at a nearby lake. As he and his fiancé were heading home to prepare for the outing, they came upon a wrecked truck and pulled over to assist.

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Ricky B.

“Ricky doesn't regard the caring of people, the nurturing of broken individuals, and mentoring of the unwanted as something that takes place during a set time of day.

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Erin E.

People often ask me, “Why do you work in Corrections?” This question typically comes up in conversation when I’m meeting new people for the first time or in a group setting, especially after I tell them my College Degree is in English Literature.

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Raymond G.

Master Sgt. Raymond Green has the instinct that every individual is a potential smuggler. That, along with his alertness and attention to detail, has given Green the reputation of being the best shakedown officer at the Dixon Correctional Institute (DCI) in Jackson, La.

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Mike E.

Prior to entering the corrections field, I was driving a Cement Truck for a living.

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Joyce R.

When I started my career some 30 plus years ago, I had no idea I would end up in the field of accounting and eventually be the Business Services Manager for Multnomah County Community Justice.

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Shareef M.

I began my career in corrections with Arizona Juvenile Corrections in Phoenix, Arizona as a Youth Corrections Officer in 1998.

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Dotty L.

Dotty L., community relations coordinator at Gainesville State School in Gainesville, Texas, loves working with high-school age youths. The reason can be summed up in one word: hope. “To me, it is the difference in working with juveniles and adults.

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Mark S.

I have always been fascinated by public service and my family has a long history of public service dating back to the Revolutionary War. My great-great grandfather Rev. Henry A. Stonex was a prison doctor in Indiana in the late 1800’s. My father Alan K.

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Angela M.

Wow, are you really retired? People ask me with amazement and curiosity. In all honesty I reply it’s still unbelievable to me too. They ask what it was like working with people previously incarcerated who were returning home.

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Louie N.

On November 20, 2011, Officer Louie Nieto of the New Mexico Penitentiary, a level-six maximum-security facility, acted heroically by saving a fellow officer from a life-threatening attack by an inmate.

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Jesse T.

I have been a Community Supervision Officer in the Traffic and Alcohol Program (TAP) for the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) for five years.

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Ed B.

Never walk away from a challenge”- was the encompassing thought with encouragement from a Tribal elder that drew now Tribal Probation Officer Ed Barnhart to apply to the Juvenile Justice Officer position in early 2001 at the Port Gamble Tribe.

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Patrice B.

It was a sunny Tuesday in September, nine years ago when I read a help-wanted ad that would forever change the course of my life.

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Joseph S.

I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I was in the middle of my last semester of college and was student-teaching in a 6th grade classroom. I soon realized that I was not prepared to teach this group of incredibly bright and talented students.

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David N.

My career in Corrections began in the 1980’s, when I worked for the State of Minnesota and assisted the Minnesota Department of Corrections in securing a grant to fund one of the first computer-based correctional education programs in Corrections.

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Christine E.

As a high school senior I was told by my Guidance Counselor, “You do not want to be a teacher…they are a dime a dozen!” Trusting in an adult who seemingly knew what she was talking about, I began to think of other avenues.

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Cindy B.

After completing my education at the University of Texas at Arlington and receiving my B.A. in Sociology and my Master’s in Urban Studies, I began working for the Texas Department of Public Welfare as a food stamp caseworker for 5 ½ years.

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Harvey G.

While pursuing his Bachelors in Sociology, Harvey M. Goldstein became intrigued with a course in Criminology. This fascination was enhanced by studying reports on juvenile delinquency and other anti-social behaviors.

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Adam M.

Many get into the criminal justice field because of some personal experience, sometimes traumatic, that shapes the way one perceives reality. I’m no exception. I grew up in a single-parent household frustrated by many social ailments including poverty and a complex artifice of estrangement.

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Christen H.

Most would say I was the typical college student…couldn’t figure out what path to take or what subject to major in. After a few years of trying to figure it all out I realized that studying Physical Education was not for me. I wasn’t challenged nor was I intrigued.

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Karen S.

I was born and raised in Apache County, AZ by a traditional Navajo grandmother who was not formally educated and did not speak English. She lived to be 102 years old. She taught me about many things including spirituality.

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John K.

In June, 2011, I began my 30th year with the Minnesota Department of Corrections. I graduated from St. Cloud State University in March of 1982. This was during a time when the economy was poor and getting a job with no experience was difficult.

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Tosha T.

I obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Radford University, and I am currently enrolled at the University of Maryland in a dual master’s degree program to obtain my Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Criminal Justice Administration Management.

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Jeremie R.

I started my career in 1997 after interning for Chisago County, MN. Chisago County had a position open up and I was lucky enough to be selected. From there on I have worked diligently to broaden my experience.

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Stephanie R.

I have been around the criminal justice field since I was born. My father was a city policeman for over twenty years and later went on to work for the Indiana Department of Correction. I was always intrigued with the various criminal justice fields.

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Mark C.

It is hard to believe that thirty years have gone by since I began my career in community corrections. When I first decided to pursue criminal justice as a field of study, I was a teenager just finishing high school.

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Charlene R.

I come from a rather large family, thirteen kids. People would always say, “Wow, you have your own basketball team!” But, in reality we had our own service organization!

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Leonard S.

I began my criminal justice career as a Maryland State Trooper. I left my State Trooper position to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Criminology at Towson University in Towson, MD.

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Captain Vicky B.

In 1985, I joined the United States ARMY. I enlisted for eight years and was on active duty for five of those years.

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Les S.

In 10th grade I asked for a pass out of study hall to go down to the counselor's office to look at career fields.

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Lauren E.

When I was an undergraduate at Howard University in Washington DC, my major was in Chemistry. I had aspirations to attend medical school and become a Forensic Pathologist.

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