The London Correction Institution recognized several of its staff during their annual Employee Recognition Banquet last week.
Stacy Armstrong, Officer Berry Joseph, Sgt. John Ragins and Bonnie Darlington were each awarded for their efforts in improving and helping run the prison as efficiently as possible.
Joseph was awarded corrections officer of the year for his efforts in apprehending an escaped inmate.
On March 28, 2016, an inmate escaped from the Southeastern Correctional Institution.
That evening, Joseph was on patrol in Nelsonville, with two other LoCI staff, when they were informed over the radio to return to base.
While driving, they found the escapee walking and began to follow him. When the escapee began to run, they pulled up in front of him and shined a light on him, noticing the inmates uniform.
Berry and the other officers quickly apprehended him after they drew weapons on him and told him to get to the ground. He later confessed to being the escapee.
Officer Joseph received Correctional Officer of the Month of May 2016 and received the DRC Impact Award for his assistance in the capture of an escaped inmate.
Armstrong was declared supervisor of the year for her efforts in the development and implementation of the Mood Disorder Intensive Treatment Program (ITP).
Under her tenure, it has expanded to help inmates suffering from various issues with groups on Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Awareness, Healthy Living, Personal Skills, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
“The ITP is going into its fourth year, and Stacy remains actively involved in facilitating many of the groups, as well as coordinating the programming,” the prison stated in a press release. “She believes that the ITP has helped provide structure for many seriously mentally ill inmates who are transitioning into the general population at LoCI from a Residential Treatment Unit.”
Armstrong began her career in corrections in 2010 as a Staff Psychologist. She began at the North Central Correctional Institution and transferred within two months to London Correctional.
She became the Psychologist Supervisor in July 2013.
Ragins was awarded employee of the year.
He is currently assigned to the Restrictive Housing and Limited Privilege Housing units, tasked with ensuring that the officials are meeting all required policies.
Ragins began his career in corrections at London Correctional in 1993 as a Corrections Officer.
He was promoted to Sargent in 2014.
The final honor was the Kenny Wilder award, which was bestowed upon Darlington.
The award started in 2001 as a way to recognize Kenny Wilder who passed away in 1997 while at work.
The prison considered him “the epitome of a hard worker, with high standards and morals,” as well as “a family man who was involved in his community.”
“This person is very devoted to their family. Together with her husband, they have a daughter and son,” said Vickey Justus, a LoCI spokesperson. “She volunteers her assistance with the FFA Club at their school selling fruit. She is the proud mother of a Navy Nuclear Mechanic. Not only does she look after her own family, she also takes great care of her mother-in-law.”