Welcome to the Prison Talk Online Community! Take a Minute and Sign Up Today!

Go Back   Prison Talk > U.S. REGIONAL FORUMS > FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM > Federal System News, Events and Legal Issues
Register Entertainment FAQ Calendar Mark Forums Read

Federal System News, Events and Legal Issues News & Events relating to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Courts, Department of Justice and any legal questions you may have dealing with the Federal system.

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-11-2008, 10:58 AM
Zelda50 Zelda50 is offline
Registered User
Donation Award 

Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 17,313
Thanks: 1,610
Thanked 8,380 Times in 4,637 Posts
Default Guards Union negotiate for changes in fed prisons

Keep reading - this is not just about the vests. Z.

Union: Federal prison vest deal near
Officials demanded change after stabbing


Union officials said Thursday they're moving closer to reaching a deal
with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to make stab-resistant vests available
to all federal correctional workers.

Union officials began demanding safety-related reforms across the
federal prison system after two inmates fatally stabbed Jose Rivera, a
correctional officer at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater, inside a housing unit
at the prison in June.

Rivera, a 22-year-old Navy veteran, was alone with more than 100 inmates
June 20 when he was stabbed in the heart with a handmade shank.

Though guards in many state prisons and local jails often carry weapons
and wear stab-resistant vests, federal prison policies have barred such

National union officials met Thursday with the Bureau of Prisons. Though
the bureau previously agreed to widen its use of protective vests, union
leaders hope to make them mandatory, said Bryan Lowry, president of the
Council of Prison Locals of the American Federation of Government

The union also wants to ensure the bureau buys high-quality vests that
will stop all types of sharp weapons inmates are known to fashion inside

Bureau officials would not discuss Thursday's meeting. Lowry
characterized it as a productive session where the union and the bureau
each staged demonstrations to show the effectiveness of the two types of
vests the sides have proposed.

Ultimately, no decisions emerged from the meeting. But Lowry said he
left feeling optimistic.

"They basically told us that what we want isn't out of reach," he said,
adding that the bureau promised to give a formal answer on the vests by
next week.

Union officials also have demanded staffing increases across the federal
prison system and policy changes that would make nonlethal weapons, such
as batons and pepper spray, standard equipment for officers.

Lowry said neither of those issues was discussed Thursday, though the
union plans to continue pursuing both.

In an e-mail Thursday, a spokeswoman reiterated that the Bureau of
Prisons' plans to increase staffing as some facilities. It also plans to
rework inmate movement schedules so that only certain portions of a
prison's population are allowed to move from one location to another --
to their cells, to meals, to classes, work or church -- at a time.

"The (bureau) will implement changes at high-security institutions first
and consider changes to other institutions in the months ahead," wrote
spokeswoman Traci Billingsley.

Link to rest of article:
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:58 AM.
Copyright © 2001- 2019 Prison Talk Online
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Website Design & Custom vBulletin Skins by: Relivo Media
Message Board Statistics