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Corrections Department Officials Honor Employees for Outstanding Performance, Valor and Innovation

Harrisburg, PA – Nearly 200 Department of Corrections employees, dignitaries and guests gathered at the agency's training academy today to recognize employees as part of the DOC's annual employee recognition ceremony. The event's keynote speaker was Executive Deputy Secretary Shirley Moore Smeal, who will retire in June with more than 32 years of service to the DOC.

"This agency employs nearly 16,000 individuals, all of whom play a role in maintaining public safety while providing inmates and reentrants with tools necessary to live crime-free lives," Secretary John Wetzel said. "The employees recognized today serve as examples of the great work being performed behind our prison walls and fences. I'm proud to honor the recipients and nominees at this annual awards ceremony."

Each year, in conjunction with Corrections Employee Week in Pennsylvania, the DOC presents awards to individuals for their outstanding performance, acts of valor, mentoring accomplishments and innovative ideas.

For a complete list of award recipients please visit our website at and select "Newsroom" under the "About Us" drop down menu.  

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