Corrections Officers on TV

Connecticut corrections officers have taken to the airwaves. A new television commercial called “Proud to Serve,” which features 20 front-line correction officers who are members of Council 4 Locals 387, 391 and 1565, which represent 5,000 employees of the state Department of Correction. Here’s the commercial:

The speaker at the end is John Thompson, who works at Webster Correctional Institution in Cheshire.

The timing is good, as the legislature is coming back into session on Wednesday, and both the Democratic leadership and the governor will be eying spending cuts. So what do you think? Is it effective? Do they make their case well?

The ad will run between now and January 16th.

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2 responses to “Corrections Officers on TV

  1. Corrections has to be the most difficult public employment job. Imagine spending 8 or 16 hours in prison a day, willingly. These men and women truly do a public service. The problem with the ad is that I don’t know what the message is. Most of us know their jobs are difficult. But they are no more important to the public service than teachers, cops, firefighters, or garbage collectors. Public employees need to make their case at the bargaining table, and if they can do that effectively, they will be treated fairly. Appealing to the sympathies of a public that is getting hammered in the stock market, at the grocery store, and by the banks does not seem like an effective strategy to me.

  2. People often forget what cutting a few “staff members” in a prison can do.

    They (the legislators and public) often think that a few bucks difference won’t make a difference. Most don’t realize that they’re exposed to those diseases, plus smuggled contraband, quite frequently.

    reminders like this are important when Legislators often look for “quick and easy” solutions. I think there are answers to budget woes by tweaking staff and the way prisons are run, but the results have to reflect upon the risk from the prison population to the guards, the general public, and other prisoners. Cutting staff should never be made without realizing the implications, and preferably a proven program pre-implemented before doing so.

    This is a good idea.

    While all of the jobs you mention are important in their own right, I think you can argue that maintaining transportation, emergency public safety, and the most critical health/ sanitation institutions rank highest in importance in public employment. Even health care and education rank much farther down, because without these, disease, imminent safety, and chaos will run unchecked.

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