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Use the tools below to send a letter to your lawmaker on each of the following specific issues.


Email your lawmaker Help Protect Official Time

Council 33 uses official time to stand up for workers who have been wrongfully terminated, disciplined, harassed, or intimidated because of bad management practices. Official time is also used to improve correctional worker safety.

Email your lawmaker Support the Safe Prisons Project

Working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons will never be easy. But it shouldn’t be a death sentence. Help us protect those who protect America.

Email Your Lawmaker Support Gun Lockers for Correctional Officers

Unlike other law enforcement agents, correctional officers have no safe place to store their weapons on their commute to and from work – leaving them vulnerable to attack in between their workplace and their home. Learn more about Gun Lockers for Correctional Officers.

Email Your Lawmaker Support the Thin Blue Line Act

Correctional officers and prison staff put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe from the most hardened, violent criminals in our country – and some don’t come home to their families. Help us ensure that those who kill our correctional officers are punished to the fullest extent of the law. Learn more about the Thin Blue Line Act.


Email Your Lawmaker Thank Congress for Providing Pepper Spray

In March of 2016, President Obama signed the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act into law, providing permanent funding to provide pepper spray and usage training to correctional workers across the country. This law would not have been possible without activists like you and lawmakers in the Senate and House passing the bill.

Learn the history behind the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act.

Email Your Lawmaker TSP Fix 

Because of the hard work of safe prisons activists like you, correctional workers now have access to a fair retirement that they have earned.

In July of 2015, President Obama signed a bill to allow law enforcement workers who retire after December 31, 2015, to access their Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), without paying a 10% penalty on withdrawals. The bipartisan Defending Public Safety Employees' Retirement Act exempts law enforcement officers from the 10% penalty on their TSP if they retire at 50.

AFGE and our law enforcement councils have worked tirelessly for decades to see this retirement penalty reformed. Workers like you are responsible for securing our communities. You deserve a fair retirement with no pointless penalties on your savings. Thank you for your continued hard work on behalf of your coworkers and communities.

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