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USA Today: Nurses thrust into guard duty at federal prisons

4/27/2016 12:00:00 AM

Kevin Johnson of USA Today wrote a second story about problems USPHS Commissioned Corps officers are experiencing at the Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He writes, "Nurses, physical therapists and other senior medical staffers in the Federal Bureau of Prisons have been routinely assigned guard duties and other security-related shifts to fill chronic personnel gaps, despite critical health care shortages throughout the vast prison system."

The story published on 26 April can be found here. It is also posted on the COA Facebook pageHere is the story published on 14 April titled, "Labor fight threatens inmate health care." COA Executive Director Jim Currie is quoted in both stories.

BOP currently employs 870 USPHS officers, the fourth largest group of officers by agency. COA continues to bring attention to the inequities faced by USPHS Commissioned Corps officers who work at BOP facilities.

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