War On Drugs Endangers Prison Guards, Says Union Leader

Post Date: September 26, 2013

n-PRISON-GUARDS-large570(Huffington Post) — The war on drugs is putting prison guards in danger, the leader of a prison guard union said at a congressional hearing Thursday, September 18.

Decades of strict anti-drug laws have resulted in overcrowded prisons, making it increasingly difficult for prison workers to do their jobs safely, said Eric Young, president of the Council of Prison Locals, American Federation of Government Employees.

A decade ago there were four prisoners for every worker in the federal prison system, he noted. Now there are five.

That shift has hampered the government’s ability to “effectively supervise prison inmates and provide inmate programs,” he said in testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations at a hearing on oversight of the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

In recent years, hundreds of prison workers have been assaulted by inmates in the federal prison system, according to Young. Read more