Coronavirus puts prisons in a tight spot amid staff shortages and threats of lockdown

Coronavirus puts prisons in a tight spot amid staff shortages and threats of lockdown

Federal prison union officials and inmate advocates warn that the combination of chronic understaffing, a new leave policy and the realities of coronavirus quarantines could lead to the first nationwide federal prison lockdown since 1995.As coronavirus races across the country, staffing challenges are particularly complicated in the nation’s jails and prisons where conditions create a tinderbox for contagion. There is no such thing as teleworking for a correctional officer tasked with guarding inmates.Union leaders for the Council of Prison Locals worry that existing low staffing levelsin fede...


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