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Secretary Sandy memo to all employees of the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation


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.

LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 957-2515 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov