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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino Statement on Canaan Prison Tragedy

February 26, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Tom Marino (R-PA) released the following statement regarding the death of a federal prison guard at Canaan Penitentiary last night:

“Last night’s tragedy is a devastating reminder of the dangers our federal prison guards confront every day.  They work in some of the most dangerous and hazardous conditions to keep the rest of us safe.  My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Correctional Officer Eric Williams, who was killed in the line of duty at United States Penitentiary-Canaan.  As a former county and federal prosecutor, I mourn with the entire federal law enforcement community and offer my deepest condolences, particularly to those at the Bureau of Prisons.
“I will work tirelessly with the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons through my capacity on the House Judiciary Committee and meet with local officials in Pennsylvania to fully investigate this incident and find solutions to prevent future tragedies.”