Thank you to all the Correctional Officers for all the work you do!

Ronald Reagan: Proclamation 5187 - National Officers Week, 1984

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation's prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.

Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as "guards," occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional Officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.

In recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 132, has designated the week beginning May 6, 1984, as "National Correctional Officers Week," and authorized and requested the President to issue an appropriate proclamation.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 6, 1984, as National Correctional Officers Week. I call upon officials of State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen

hundred and eightyfour, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.


Note: The text of the proclamation was released by the Office of the Press Secretary on May 7.

Citation: Ronald Reagan: "Proclamation 5187 - National Correctional Officers Week, 1984," May 5, 1984.

Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project.

UIC ICA Student wins ICA logo competition

We are pleased to announce that Justin Escamilla of the ICA student chapter at University Illinois/Chicago, was the winner of the student competition to design a new ICA logo. Justin is currently a PhD candidate in the Criminology, Law, and Justice department at the University of Illinois/Chicago and a member of the UIC student chapter of the ICA. He has been active in ICA student activities, including event-planning and UIC prison tours, including the ICA student workshop at Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola) in 2013. We congratulate Jason and thanks him for his entry. Here are the two logs selected:


Congratulations to the 2013 Samuel L. Sublett Jr. award winners

The Illinois Correctional Association is pleased to announce the two winners of the Samuel L. Sublett, Jr., award for 2013. Sam Sublett passed away in 2012, but he
left behind a legacy of correctional reform, both in Illinois and nationally. The Award was created in 1993 to recognize the professional accomplishments of professionals working in the field of corrections and criminal justice. His contributions extended to all areas of criminal justice, and he was instrumental in developing national standards for both adult and juvenile corrections, parole, probation, and community-based jails.

Each year, the award has traditionally gone to one line officer and one staff member or administrator employed in corrections or a related field.  The 2013 winners are Deputy Mark Kretovic, Accreditation Manager at DuPage County Sheriff's Corrections Bureau, and Deputy Warden Charles Fasano, at Dixon Correctional Center.




Deputy began his career as a deputy sheriff in Florida with the Lee County (FL) Sheriff's Office in 1989. While there, he also contracted part time with the United States Marshals Service from 1990 to 1995, responsible for the transportation of Federal inmates to and from the Lee County Jail and the Ft. Myers Federal Magistrate. Deputy Kretovic joined the DuPage County Sheriff's office in 1996, and was assigned as the Accreditation Manager in 2009. He successfully refined and implemented accreditation preparation by compiling the electronic files into a detailed "tree structure" for presenting the documentation. Through his efforts, the American Correctional Association re-accredited the facility with a rare 100 percent compliance rating for all mandatory and non-mandatory ACA standards. Deputy Kretovic continues to work closely with surrounding Sheriffs Offices and accreditation managers to assist them with developing policy and
procedures concerning the complex issues facing county jails and comply with ACA standards.


Deputy Warden Fasano began his career in corrections as a Cook County Deputy Sheriff in 1972. While working with the Cook County Department of Corrections, he designed and implemented an inmate grievance system, established a referral network with community agencies to assist special populations, and initiated staff training and internship programs with local universities. As chairperson of the jail's Program Oversight Committee, he had extensive involvement in federal individual and class-action litigation, and in enhancing professional standards, which he emphasized as an instructor at the Cook County Correctional Training Academy. His efforts led to his appointment as Director of Accreditation for the National Commission on Correctional
Health Care from 1986-1988.

From 1988-2010, Deputy Warden Fasano as the Director of the John Howard Association’s Prison and Jails project, the independent monitor of Illinois correctional facilities, and he was the court-appointed compliance monitor for federal civil rights litigation at Cook County Jail. He has authored numerous memos and articles identifying areas for needed reforms.  After retiring from the John Howard Association in 2010, he
accepted the position of Agency Medical Coordinator for the Illinois Department of Corrections, in which he applied his commitment to standards to oversee the development and revision of IDOC policies and procedures to ensure compliance with
federal laws and existing protocols for medical treatment of prisoners. In 2013, he was appointed Assistant Warden of Programs at Dixon Correctional Center, where he currently oversees all medical and mental health services, and other program areas.

The current recipients of the Award exemplify a commitment to and advocacy for the highest standards of professionalism that Sam Sublett represented, and the ICA is proud to honor their career-long achievements.