Union Says Federal Lock-Ups Put Staff at Risk - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Union Says Federal Lock-Ups Put Staff at Risk

JUNE 9, 2006 - Posted at 7:51 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor says he might support a request for a major boost in funding for federal prisons.  A national union says guard shortages are making it too dangerous for the corrections officers who are on duty.

Shon Foreman, president of a union local at the Forrest City federal prison, says business office clerks and secretaries have been pressed into duty.

Pryor, a Democrat, is collaborating with Pennsylvania Republican Senator Rick Santorum on a letter proposed for circulation among members of the Senate, calling for more money to hire more prison staff members.

But a Pryor spokesman says the senator had not committed himself to signing the letter.  She says Pryor became aware of the issue during a recent visit with employees of the Forrest City prison.

A spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons says the agency is adequately staffed.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • State board turns down agriculture school request, supporter says

    State board turns down agriculture school request, supporter says

    Thursday, August 10 2017 4:14 PM EDT2017-08-10 20:14:09 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:39 AM EDT2017-08-17 10:39:07 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    A plan to open an agricultural charter school in Weiner was denied Wednesday, a supporter of the project said. 

    A plan to open an agricultural charter school in Weiner was denied Wednesday, a supporter of the project said. 

  • Free lunch, breakfast crucial for students, superintendent says

    Free lunch, breakfast crucial for students, superintendent says

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:01 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:01:13 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:38 AM EDT2017-08-17 10:38:25 GMT
    Cedar Ridge School District (Source: KAIT)Cedar Ridge School District (Source: KAIT)

    A pair of schools in Independence County will be providing free lunch and breakfast to every student on campus this year. 

    A pair of schools in Independence County will be providing free lunch and breakfast to every student on campus this year. 

  • Clutter creates policy, officials say

    Clutter creates policy, officials say

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:50:41 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:46 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:46:06 GMT
    A new ordinance in Trumann allows authorities to fine a person up to $50 for debris in ditches. (Source: KAIT)A new ordinance in Trumann allows authorities to fine a person up to $50 for debris in ditches. (Source: KAIT)

    It may cost a little more money if Trumann residents do not clean out their ditches filled with debris, according to city officials. 

    It may cost a little more money if Trumann residents do not clean out their ditches filled with debris, according to city officials. 

Powered by Frankly