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Federal Prison Employees Fear Staff Shortages and Mass Reassignments as COVID-19 Cases Spike

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The Bureau of Prisons, the Justice Department component that manages 122 facilities nationwide, has expanded its use of a practice called “augmentation” during the novel coronavirus pandemic, in which employees typically assigned to other jobs are forced into correctional officer roles. Bureau workers have said for years the initiative sacrifices safety and key rehabilitation initiatives typically provided to federal inmates, but they said management has accelerated it to unprecedented levels under the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading here.