Federal Bureau of Prisons Posts

Congress Finds BOP Fails to Adequately Address Misconduct in Federal Prisons

Misconduct in Federal Prisons Is Tolerated or Ignored, Congressional Report Says: (“Misconduct in the federal prison system is widespread, tolerated and routinely covered up or ignored, including among senior officials, according to a congressional report released this week. * * * The report, by the House Subcommittee on National Security, found that a permissive environment in the Bureau of Prisons had often made lower-ranking employees targets of abuse—including sexual assault and harassment—by prisoners and staff members. * * * Inmates can easily exploit that culture of permissiveness, the report said. ‘If they know that an employee will get little support from management if harassed, that employee becomes a target.’”)

How the Federal Bureau of Prisons Treats Female Correctional Officers

Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison: (“Makeup, earrings and perfume are off limits. So are smiles. * * * Even the swing of a ponytail can attract unwanted attention, so women slick their hair back into a style known as the ‘bureau bun’—as in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. * * * They wear oversized uniforms to hide the faint outlines of their undergarments, or cover themselves from neck to thigh with baggy black windbreakers known as ‘trash bags,’ even on hot summer days on the concrete yards. * * * For women who work in federal prisons, where they are vastly outnumbered by male colleagues and male inmates, concealing every trace of their femininity is both necessary and, ultimately, futile. ‘They never even see what you are wearing,’ said Octavia Brown, a supervisor in Victorville, Calif., of the inmates she oversees. ‘They see straight through it.'”