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Division of Justice urges Bureau of Prisons to tighten safety round looking workers

DOJ Inspector Normal Michael Horowitz has alerted Michael Carvajal, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, about “pressing issues involving workers coming into BOP services with out being searched.”

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The IG’s advice launched on Thursday got here in reference to an investigation of the presence of “contraband” at an unnamed federal jail. Federal legislation defines contraband as “prohibited supplies,” comparable to medicine, weapons, tobacco, digital units, and forex. 

“A evaluation of the ability’s video monitoring system revealed that workers have been capable of enter the ability in the course of the evening shift and stroll across the steel detector with out being screened,” the IG wrote in a memo addressed to Carvajal.

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The memo factors out a number of investigations by the IG’s workplace have discovered workers bringing contraband into federal prisons: “In reference to an investigation concerning the introduction of contraband at a BOP facility, we reviewed the ability’s video monitoring system and located that workers, carrying private gadgets, have been allowed to enter the ability in the course of the evening shift by strolling across the steel detector and with out being searched.” 

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Horowitz’ workplace mentioned the BOP “ought to be sure that its services are correctly staffed to make sure that all workers and their belongings are correctly searched in accordance with BOP coverage earlier than workers enter BOP services. … The BOP ought to be sure that any workers members noticed making an attempt to bypass the search coverage are stopped and screened previous to coming into the safe elements of BOP services.”

BOP workers searches in reference to contraband is a longstanding difficulty that the DOJ IG has flagged to BOP in lots of prior cases. 

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The BOP agreed with the suggestions and has issued directions to all BOP services.

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