Dear Director Carvajal,
I am writing on behalf of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police to advise you of our strong support for the officers working at the United States Penitentiary (USP), Thomson in Illinois. The facility is critically understaffed and the officers there are overworked and demoralized. This issue needs your immediate attention.
We join the calls from Local 4070 of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) which represents the officers working at USP, Thomson. I understand that recruitment and retention efforts are an issue through the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), but the specific needs of this facility are acute and immediate.
You began your career as an officer in 1992, so you well know what it is like to serve as a correctional officer and a warden. The men and women at USP, Thomson need your help, and I urge you to act quickly to provide it.
On behalf of the more than 356,000 members of the Fraternal Order of Police, I concur with the recommendations offered by AFGE Local 4070 and strongly urge you to quickly take the measures they have laid out. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me or Executive Director Jim Pasco in our Washington office.