|The Guardians Association
(Father Lawrence Lucas, past president) is main African American organization
DOC recognizes. Decades ago, the Dept. recognized the Correctionaires, that
was founded in 1939. Its presidents included Warden Harrelson and Jessie L.
Behagen who in 1962 was among the first 6 women sworn in the then new rank of
Assistant Deputy Superintendent for Women (female equivalent to ADW rank).
|Jessie Behagen image is
from a NYC Dept. of Correction (NYC DOC) photo in the archives managed by the
NY Correction History Society. All rights retained by and reserved to NYC
DOC. Image of Guardian banner and Fr. Lucas from C.O. Ralph Smith’s Guardian
Chronicles web site. http://www.guardianchronicle.com/