Exponent Telegram: U.S. House passes McKinley-introduced corrections officer safety bill

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Washington, May 15, 2018 | comments
The U.S. House of Representative on Tuesday passed a bill that would direct Bureau of Prisons facilities to provide a storage area for personal firearms of corrections officers.
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The U.S. House of Representative on Tuesday passed a bill that would direct Bureau of Prisons facilities to provide a storage area for personal firearms of corrections officers.

The bill, H.R. 613, was first introduced to the congress by Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va. and is intended to help allow correctional officers to keep themselves safe.

If passed, the bill would create the Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act. The namesake of the bill was killed on his way home from work in retaliation for an investigation he participated in.

McKinley said situations like this should be prevented from happening again.

"Corrections officers in our district brought us their concerns for their safety when they finish their shift and leave the prison for the day. This is a reality our officers deal with daily, and it has serious ramifications," McKinley said.

"Lieutenant Albarati’s sacrifice must not be in vain," he continued. "The lessons learned must be used to prevent another tragedy like this from occurring ever again. We honor his sacrifice and weep with his widow and their three children for their loss."

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