Monday, October 19, 2015

Correctional Officer Saves Inmate!

Sergeant Daniel McConnell (center) received a commendation on Sept. 29 for actions that officials say saved the life of an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center.Special to the NewsSergeant Daniel McConnell (center) received a commendation on Sept. 29 for actions that officials say saved the life of an inmate at Northwest Florida Reception Center. McConnell was presented the honor by NWFRC Warden David Maddox (left) and Colonel Eddie Jones.
  • CHIPLEY - A Washington County correctional officer's quick action is being credited for saving the life of an inmate at the Northwest Florida Reception Center (NWFRC) in Chipley.
    Sergeant Daniel McConnell, who is assigned to the facility's Emergency Response Team, responded to a call regarding an unresponsive inmate in Dormitory A of the prison's main unit around 11:22 p.m. on Sept. 6.
    Upon his arrival, McConnell determined the inmate wasn't breathing and had no pulse and began to administer CPR until medical staff arrived. The inmate was later transported to an area hospital, where staff stated the inmate wouldn't have made it without McConnell's training and quick thinking.
    "While the officers working at Northwest Florida Reception Center wear many hats and juggle a multitude of responsibilities, their job first and foremost is to ensure the safety and security of inmates, staff, and the community," said NWFRC Warden David Maddox.
    McConnell received a commendation for his live-saving measures from Warden Maddox on Sept. 29, but co-workers say the sergeant remains humble.
    "It's just part of my job," he said.

  • American Jail Association - AJA

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Honors Young Prison Inmates at Boot Camp Graduation

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been putting his Gridiron Gang skills to the test to help real-life prison inmates turn their lives around through a six-month boot camp program. 

Johnson – who is currently filming a documentary called ROCK in a HARD PLACE that will take a look inside the program run by Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department – honored the group of cadets at their graduation ceremony in Miami on Monday. 

"Congratulations," Johnson told the graduates, according to CBS. "We're all very, very proud of you." 

The actor also documented the event on his Instagram writing, "Big day today... 6 months ago these youth offenders all faced prison time anywhere from 5yrs to life for a variety of crimes ranging from armed robbery to attempted murder. In front of the judge on the day of their sentencing they accepted to be placed in an extremely hardcore one of kind bootcamp."

He continued, "I gave them my word on their first night that would be broken down in ways they never knew imaginable... but if they stuck with it and didn't quit, they'd be built back up to become better men." 

The graduation ceremony was also attended by the cadets' families, drill instructors and judges, including Judge Jason Bloch, who praised the program – one of the most successful of its kind in the world – by saying, "Over 90 percent of the people who graduate from this program don't come back into the system." 

Despite the program's low recidivism rate, Johnson said two of the cadets were sent back to prison after they allegedly "committed a crime" midway through boot camp. 

The star expressed his disappoint by taking to Instagram to post a picture of himself standing outside prison cells with a caption that reads, "I'd been following their progress over the past months and today was the day they WOULD'VE graduated and been free young men. Now it's done and they're future is bleak." 

He ended on a positive note, however, adding, "Like we talked about…we get knocked down, we get back up. Lesson learned. Stay strong." 

Johnson said his own past troubles with the law inspired him to shoot the documentary. 

"When I was 13 or 14, I started getting arrested, doing a lot of things I shouldn't have been doing," he said. "And I wanted them to know that life does go on and they're going to have another opportunity."


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