Marino lauds President’s Signing of the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act into Law
Washington, D.C. – President Barack Obama has signed into law bipartisan legislation to protect federal correctional officers. Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) was a co-sponsor of a companion measure in the House.
On February 25, 2013, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Correctional Officer Eric Williams was tragically murdered inside the Canaan Federal Correction Complex near Waymart in Wayne County while performing routine lockdown duties. Officer Williams was assigned to oversee a unit of approximately 130 inmates on his own, with only keys, handcuffs, and a radio to protect himself. His alleged killer, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, is facing the death penalty.
“I am pleased the President has signed this critical, lifesaving legislation into law” said Marino. “Eric Williams was a promising young man and a dedicated public servant. He served day-in and day-out in some of the most dangerous environments within our criminal justice system. While this will not bring back Eric or others we have lost in the line of duty, I am confident it will help protect our officers and other inmates from violent attacks in the future.”
Pennsylvania is home to seven federally operated prison facilities, including three in the 10th Congressional District, employing thousands of BOP employees.