The Associated Press reported on November 14, 2021, that over 100 federal prison employees “have been arrested, convicted, or sentenced for crimes since the beginning of 2019, including a warden indicted for sexual abuse, an associate warden charged with murder, guards.
taking cash to smuggle drugs and weapons, and supervisors stealing property such as tires and tractors.” According to the Associated Press, the BOP has turned into a “hotbed of abuse, bribery, and corruption.”
Two-thirds of all DOJ employees accused in criminal cases have been BOP personnel in the last several years. And these are the people that are supposed to be the ones that are ensuring these prisons run safely. The ones are writing disciplinary infractions to inmates they don’t like, stripping them of their good time, and putting them in solitary confinement.
Employees who have been arrested or are facing criminal charges have been permitted to continue on the job in some circumstances, even when their offenses include prisoners, coworkers, or other aspects of their job. Anyone who has been in the system knows this is not a major shock. The BOP is inherently corrupt, and so are the people working at it.
Many of the most serious claims against BOP staff are detailed in the Associated Press report, including chaplains who smuggle narcotics and wardens and other officials who have sexually abused inmates.
“Crimes of a sexual nature accounted for one-fifth of the criminal cases involving BOP staff, second only to those involving smuggled contraband,” according to the report. The AP has reported on BOP’s severe personnel shortages, which have led to prisons using “cooks, teachers, nurses, and other workers to guard inmates,” as well as the Biden administration’s internal debates over whether to replace the BOP director and reform the agency. Inmates are getting raped, and O.D.’ing and the question still exists “should the BOP director be replaced?”.
What would happen to a private company that allowed its employees to traffic narcotics and sexual assaults? Would we want to replace the CEO? It amazes me that because the BOP is a governmental entity, it can get away with crimes like this, while others are imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes and given life sentences when they were not even caught with drugs. Yet, if you are a BOP employee, not only can you violate the law, but IF and WHEN the truth comes out, don’t worry, you can still work there!
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin called on Attorney General Garland to replace the BOP’s director, Michael Carvajal, less than three days after the AP story.
Senator Durbin called on AG Garland to replace Carvajal with “a reform-minded Director who is not a product of the BOP bureaucracy,” citing the AP investigation, the BOP’s failure to protect staff and inmates from COVID-19, the BOP’s “chronic understaffing,” and the failure to implement the First Step Act. Senators Durbin and Ossoff of Georgia wrote to Director Carvajal about understaffing and the BOP’s practice of reassigning instructors, unit managers, and medical staff to do “correctional responsibilities,” such as monitoring and escorting convicts, weeks ago.