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Saddle Short-Staffed Federal Prisons With Added Burden From Virus

Posted 4/6/20

The union for employees at Federal Bureau of Prison facilities in lower Manhattan and Brooklyn are warning that severe staff shortages that predated the COVID-19 pandemic are putting an even greater burden on a workforce that shrinks by the day as the virus sidelines more of them.

"We were already critically understaffed, and this situation is only making it worse," said Tyrone Covington, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, which represents workers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. "We could get to the point where we won't be able to maintain supervision of the inmate population."

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