Rep. Marino Leading to Protect Federal Prison Jobs in Pennsylvania
Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) led a bipartisan coalition of Pennsylvania lawmakers in sending a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) Director Mark Inch in urging the BOP to reconsider the elimination of jobs at federal prisons in Pennsylvania.
The BOP operates 11 prisons in Pennsylvania, and three of these are high security facilities. United States Penitentiary (USP) Allenwood, USP Lewisburg, and USP Canaan house offenders who have proven to be extremely violent. In 2013, BOP Correctional Officer Eric Williams was alone in one of USP Canaan’s housing units with over one hundred inmates when he was brutally attacked and murdered. USP Canaan’s unsafe track record continued through Fiscal Year 2017 where 256 acts of violence were committed by inmates against other inmates and staff.
Despite these alarming safety concerns, USPs Allenwood and Lewisburg have recently eliminated 182 positions. USP Canaan has eliminated 39 positions, and an additional 15 cuts are planned as part of the BOP’s proposal to cut 6,000 jobs nationwide.
Congressman Marino said the following on the letter:
“This letter will hopefully send a signal to BOP that they need to re-evaluate staff cuts and prioritize the safety of correctional officers, particularly in facilities with our most violent offenders.”
“These dangerous staffing levels that contribute to incidents of violence are unacceptable. I hope that this letter will bring more attention to these cuts so that we do not jeopardize the safety and security of correctional officers, inmates, and the general public.”