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Email Your Lawmaker Pass the Thin Blue Line Act

Three federal correctional officers have been murdered since 2008 just for doing their jobs. In two of those cases, their murderers were already serving life sentences for murder. Rather than face the death penalty for their grisly act, they got a second life sentence. Another life sentence for people already condemned to life in prison is not punishment. It is an insult to the grieving families of these fallen officers. By giving convicted murderers another life sentence, we are showing inmates across the country that they can, quite literally, get away with murder.

That's why we are supporting H.R. 99 and S. 1508, the Thin Blue Line Act. Introduced by Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) and Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), the bill would make killing a correctional worker, a firefighter or other first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations. It restores the key deterrent for lifers looking to make a name for themselves by killing our brave officers.

If passed, this law could finally provide peace and justice for the families of our fallen officers and make our prisons safer for tens of thousands of dedicated correctional workers. We owe it to the Rivera, Williams and Albarati families to stand up and fight for its passage.

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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.

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Email Your Lawmaker Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act of 2017

Thanks to your activism, the Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act was included in the criminal justice reform bill known as the First Step Act which was signed into law on December 21, 2018. As you know, federal correctional officers are extended the same enhanced ability to carry personal firearms as police and other law enforcement officers while off-duty. But federal correctional workers were unable to carry their personal firearms to and from work because the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) failed to provide secure gun lockers for correctional officers to safely store their firearms. This bill changes that and honors Lieutenant Albarati's memory. We are now working with prison management to ensure this law is implemented properly.

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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