|AFGE leader says chronic understaffing of federal prisons is endangering lives of workers and inmates
|WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President Everett Kelley issued the following statement in response to the nationwide lockdown of federal correctional facilities after a deadly inmate altercation in Texas:
“The violent attack at USP Beaumont that resulted in the death of two inmates is a vivid reminder of the dangers faced by every correctional officer and employee who works in the Bureau of Prisons. As the exclusive union representative for federal correctional officers and staff, AFGE has long warned that the chronic understaffing of our prisons is jeopardizing the lives of both workers and inmates. While no employees were reportedly injured in this most recent attack, they may not be so lucky next time. Our elected leaders must take immediate action to ensure all federal prisons have the staff and resources they need to safely carry out their duties.”
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.