Today the Marshall Project published an article titled What the Government Shutdown Looks Like Inside Federal Prisons: Family visits cancelled, guards driving for Uber, rising tensions and more. Here’s the Project’s summary of the article:
“It’s an absolute disaster.” The government shutdown is causing chaos within the nation’s sprawling federal prison system. The Bureau of Prisons has furloughed about half its 36,000 staff and most of those remaining are being asked to work indefinitely without pay. Family visits with inmates have been canceled, “compassionate release” candidates have been forced to wait longer for their release, implementation of the new First Step Act is imperiled, and some prisons are beginning to run short on food and toiletries inmates can buy. TMP’s Eli Hager has our story.
The Training Division provides resources about the Federal Bureau of Prisons on www.fd.org, such as practical tips, reports and practice guides for navigating the BOP from sentencing through release.