Rep. Marino Introduces Bill to Protect Correctional Officers
Washington D.C. – This week, Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10) co-introduced H.R.613 to amend title 18 of the United States Code to require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to ensure each chief executive officer of a Federal penal or correctional institution provides a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter for firearms carried by certain employees of the Bureau of Prisons.
Rep. Marino released the following statement:
“Correctional officers make a choice to protect us from dangerous criminals every single day. At the very least, they should be afforded every opportunity to do the same for themselves. Without a secure place to hold firearms while on the job, officers on their way to and from work are incredibly vulnerable to vicious attacks. Unfortunately, we have already seen tragedies like with the murder of Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati. Allowing secure storage for firearms at prisons is a common sense solution that will help us protect law enforcement officers from unnecessarily risky situations.”
On February 26, 2013, Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati was shot and killed while driving home after completing his shift at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). The attack was carried out with assistance from federal inmates at MDC and is believed to be a direct result of his work at the prison.