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AFGE Launches Justice for Jose Campaign

June 30, 2015

Joseph Cabrera Sablan was already serving a life sentence when he killed Correctional Officer José Rivera at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., seven years ago this month. He admitted to stabbing Jose 27 times with a homemade shank when the unarmed 22-year-old officer was returning inmates to their cells for a headcount.

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Categories: DOJ, BOP

Keeping America Safe

May 12, 2015

From fighting drug and human trafficking at our borders to supervising some of the world’s most violent criminals in our prisons, federal law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety of our communities.

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Categories: DOJ, BOP

Workers' Memorial Day

April 28, 2015

Most Americans often do not think about the danger government workers experience every day. But when workers in the Border Patrol, the Bureau of Prisons, the TSA, the Federal Protective Service (FPS), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and many others clock in for work, they do so knowing that they could get hurt or even killed.

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Categories: TSA, Workers' Rights, BOP

BOP Expands Use of Pepper Spray to All Staff at All Medium-Security Prisons

March 02, 2015

The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has agreed to allow all staff at all high and medium security prisons to carry pepper spray to protect themselves and others if attacked by inmates. This major victory is a culmination AFGE members’ efforts to create for better working conditions for the correctional officers that keep our communities safe.

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Categories: DOJ, BOP

This Bill Ensures Retirement Fairness for Correctional Officers

February 19, 2015

Congress needs to pass an AFGE-backed bill recently introduced that would ensure retirement fairness for correctional officers who risk the lives every single day keeping the most dangerous felons behind bars. The bill, S. 380 – introduced by Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, would exempt correctional officers who retire before age 55 with 20 years of service from the federal tax law’s 10% additional tax penalty for early withdrawals from the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). 

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Categories: BOP

This Bill Could Save Correctional Officers’ Lives

February 12, 2015

A critical bill has been introduced in the Senate, and its passage could mean life or death for Bureau of Prisons officers. The bill, S. 368, would allow officers to carry their personal firearms while they commute to-and-from work by requiring wardens of BOP-operated institutions to provide a secure storage area located outside of the secure perimeter of those institutions.

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Categories: BOP

Jose Rivera's Family Needs Your Help

February 12, 2015

Brothers and sisters of the Bureau of Prisons, when we see a fellow correctional officer or their family in need, we take care of our own. Right now, the family of fallen officer Jose Rivera needs our help.

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Categories: BOP

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