The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 20, 2013

Casey: Maintain funding for federal prisons

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen, Bob Casey announced today that he is urging Senate leaders to maintain funding for prison guard safety in the federal budget.

The House of Representatives budget would cut the Bureau of Prisons funds by $110 million from last year, Casey said. These cuts could increase if the sequester is kept in place, he said.

The House Appropriations Committee has proposed that the Bureau of Prisons be funded at $6.7 billion, $110 million less than this fiscal year, and $200 million less than requested in the President’s budget and provided in the Senate bill.

“This decrease in funding will make it even more difficult for the Bureau of Prisons to meet its mission of ensuring a safe, secure, and orderly operation of federal institutions,” Casey said.

“I was pleased that following the cuts to BOP funding under the Budget Control Act, Attorney General Holder recognized the critical role the Bureau plays in protecting the American people and transferred available funding to avoid furloughing correctional workers. However, it is critical that we continue this commitment by providing adequate funding in the fiscal year ahead.

“Our prison guards take extraordinary risks on behalf of the public and it’s essential they have the resources they need to stay safe,” Senator Casey said. “The cuts that the House is proposing could have serious impacts on prison guard safety. I’m urging the Senate to reject these cuts.”

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