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September 07, 2004
Kurt Gallagher
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Enid Doggett
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National Prison Council Meets to Discuss Crisis in Federal Prison System

What: Council of Prison Locals Convention
Where: Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
When: September 6-10, 2004

(Las Vegas) – Federal prison employees, meeting in Las Vegas this week, say budget cuts and staff shortages are putting correctional officers (COs), and the communities they serve, at risk. The Council of Prison Locals, meeting at the Rio Hotel and Casino, September 6-10, will discuss the crisis in federal facilities operated by the Bureau of Prisons and will call for increased funding and staffing levels.

"As a result of attempting to incarcerate the most nefarious felons in America on the cheap, staffing levels in federal prisons have been cut back to dangerously low levels," said Phil Glover, president of the Council of Prison Locals. "Our communities and our fellow correctional officers are put at risk because there are now 200 inmates for every single CO in federal prison facilities, like Nellis Federal Prison Camp."

The Council of Prison Locals is attempting to raise awareness of the prison cutbacks and petition for increased funding and staffing levels. In late June, the Council endorsed presidential candidate John Kerry, a move that surprised some political observers.

The Council of Prison Locals is chartered within the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). AFGE is the largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia, including workers at the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Social Security Administration.

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