Union: Staffing shortage at Big Spring Federal Prison creating “extreme risks”

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Members of the American Federation of Government Employees are voicing concern about staffing shortages at the federal prison in Big Spring.

According to a release from the Union, the facility is under 80 percent staffed and is creating a dangerous situation for officers, inmates and the general public.

“Right now, we are not even at 80 percent in custody staffing at our facility, and it’s posing extreme risks to our officers, staff, inmates, and the surrounding Big Spring community,” said AFGE Local 3809 President Paula Chavez. “During the longest ever government shutdown our sisters and brothers here were not paid while they were busy risking their lives, and we had more than 5,000 hours of overtime and more than 700 hours of augmentation hours to try and staunch the bleeding.”

Furthermore, the union said in 2017, the facility had 33 vacancies and by 2018 that number had jumped to 50.

To alleviate the staffing shortage, the Federal Bureau of Prisons plans to hold a hiring fair today.

The Hiring fair will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the FCI Big Spring – Camp Visitation Room.

For more information on the hiring fair contact the Human Resources division at 432-466-2300.


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April 22 2021 09:00 am