Values and Beliefs
All Departmental values and beliefs are shaped by the primary mission of the Department of
Corrections as set forth in the Mission Statement. Efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate
criminal offenders as law-abiding and productive members of society
are essential to the reduction of crime. These principles form the foundation for policy,
allocation of resources, establishment of priorities, case management decisions,
organizational structure, and future development.
The Department of Corrections is committed to managing offenders in a manner consistent
with public safety.
The highest ethical and professional standards are fundamental to the success of the
- Levels of confinement, control and supervision must be risk based and determined by
considering the law, the crime, the offender, the victim, the community, data, evidence
based assessments and available resources.
- Offenders must be held accountable and responsible for their offenses, including the
effects on victims.
- Offenders are responsible for their responses to intervention.
The Department of Corrections is responsible and accountable to members of the
- Department policy and program decisions must be guided by considerations of public
safety, institutional security, legality, humaneness, effectiveness, and quality.
- Each member of the Department is obligated to demonstrate the highest standards of
conduct and ethics.
- All individuals – staff, community members and offenders - shall be treated with respect
The Department of Corrections is committed to making available, to the greatest extent
possible, programs and services that offer offenders the opportunity to improve their
education, health, interpersonal and vocational skills, and acceptance of responsibility for
their past criminal behavior.
- The rights of victims and potential victims of crime must be given priority
consideration in Departmental programs and decisions.
- The public has the right to be aware of the range of Departmental services, programs,
functions, and operations.
- The community should be involved with the Department in problem solving; local agencies,
volunteers and community-based organizations should play a role in program development
and service delivery.
- The potential of offenders to become law-abiding and contributing members of society
should be enhanced through intervention.
- Opportunities for rehabilitation and community integration should be provided to an
extent that is both feasible and responsible given resources and individual