In recent years the growth in the prison population has challenged us to rethink how we provide services, facilities, and programs, and how we interact with people in our care. We rose to those immediate challenges by providing sufficient capacity, hiring more people, and providing educational and rehabilitation programs. At the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC), we have accomplished so much that we can be proud of, but our work does not end here. Our focus is on building a collaborative culture with our partners in employing creative and innovative approaches to ensuring the safety and security of our staff, those in our care, and protecting our communities.
That is why the Bureau has adopted the strategic tagline: Transforming Lives for a Safer Virgin Islands which will further be developed into a Strategic Plan for the period 2020 – 2025. Transforming Lives for a Safer Virgin Islands represents a new strategic direction for the BOC in fulfilling our mission, vision, and goals. It is a measured approach that outlines the path that this Bureau will travel to reduce recidivism and create a safer community. It details where we are going and how we will get there.
As Director of the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections, I am confident that together we will ride the waves of opportunity and position BOC as one of the premier correctional facilities across the nation and around the world. At BOC, we are undertaking our own transformation and I am grateful for the opportunity to build on the achievements and challenges of the past by working collaboratively with our staff, community partners, customers, Governor and the Legislature, and the community to make the tough decisions and find solutions to our shared issues together as we transform lives for a safer Virgin Islands.
We remain optimistic and will continue to conduct all our duties and responsibilities with integrity, expectations of excellence, and respect for the value of human dignity and life. I also urge you to look optimistically to the future and see the BOC as a continued place of prominence in correction reform that requires your talents, commitment, resources and support as together, we advance strategically.