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Publication date: Monday, 16 January 2017
This Friday, 20 January, is Corrections Day. It's a day to see beyond the prison walls - and beyond the fictional characters of Wentworth and Orange is the New Black - to the very real faces of the NSW correctional system.
Corrections Day is a day to celebrate and thank the more than 7,000 frontline staff of Corrective Services NSW whose daily job it is to protect the NSW community, rehabilitate inmates and aim to reduce reoffending.
NSW Corrective Services Commissioner, Peter Severin, said that these staff face a tough and often dangerous job.
"Custodial officers respond to more than 60 incidents each day across the state, such as contraband finds, assaults, medical issues and often unpredictable scenarios," Commissioner Severin said.
"Our officers' efforts mostly go unnoticed by the community, because the work they do is behind the walls of prisons or the doors of community corrections offices."
Corrections Day is an opportunity to find out more about the efforts of these extraordinary people. Throughout this week, Corrective Services NSW will share stories of the men and women who work as community corrections and custodial officers, industry and trade overseers, services and program staff.
Visit the Department of Justice Facebook page to read about these exceptional people.