Date: December 4, 2019
To: All Employees of the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitations (DCR)
From: Jeff S. Sandy, CAMS,
CFE, Cabinet Secretary
Re: Conduct Unbecoming by Members of DCR
I have seen the photo of Basic Training Class Number 18. I
condemn it in the strongest possible terms. It is distasteful, hurtful,
disturbing, highly insensitive, and completely inappropriate. It undermines the
high standards that have been set for our Division of Corrections and
Rehabilitation. It betrays the professionalism I have seen time and time again
displayed and practiced by our brave correctional employees.
We have suspended a number of employees as we investigate
this incident. In the meantime, Commissioner Jividen has directed that all
copies be destroyed, sent to this office, or otherwise taken out of circulation
to keep its harm from spreading. We ask our men and women to work with us to
preserve high standards and professionalism of the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitations and the Department of
Military Affairs and Public Safety.
We have informed faith and community leaders of this
incident. We have asked for their help to address it effectively, including
with recommended changes or additions to our training programs.