MICHIGAN CITY — You don’t usually think of a correctional facility as having a “carnival atmosphere,” but for at least one day last week, there were smiles and laughter at the Indiana State Prison

ISP hosted its Annual Family Day, a day for staff members and their families to get together and have fun, according to Warden Ron Neal, who said the goal is “to promote an atmosphere of teamwork and pride."

“Our Employee Appreciation Committee works extremely hard to ensure the families of our staff are able to come to the facility and enjoy the day with their family member,” Neal said.

Family Day has been a tradition at ISP “for about three decades,” spokeswoman Pamela James said.

Approximately 500 staff members and guests attended the event, which was sponsored by the Employee Appreciation Planning Committee at the facility.

Demonstrations were given by the facility’s Emergency Squad and K-9 units, and a tribute was given to two K-9 dogs – Kira and Rock – who recently retired. James said.

Michigan City Police Department officers also took part in the event, bringing their electric car; and community businesses attended to share information with ISP staff. Activities included a cookout, ice cream truck and inflatable fun houses.”

“It is a carnival atmosphere,” according to Neal. “This is one of the great times of the year for the Indiana State Prison, its employees and family members. On Family Day, everyone comes together to have some fun and promote a family atmosphere of teamwork and pride in the field of corrections.”

The facility is trying to increase the size of that family, James said.

“We have several positions open with numerous ones in the ranking of Correctional Officer,” she said.

ISP is hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 in conjunction with Wexford Medical, James aid. 

ISP is currently seeking qualified candidates for a career in corrections, while Wexford of Indiana is seeking qualified RNs and LPNs to work in correctional health care.

For more information, visit WorkForIndiana.IN.gov and search for a correctional officer or correctional caseworker position. For information on Wexford positions, visit jobs.wexfordhealth.com.

—From staff reports

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