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BOP to Test Use of Pepper Spray

Dale Deshotel, President of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Council of Prison Locals, appeared on AFGE’s Federal News Radio (start at 29:17 mark) to discuss a new pilot program whereby Bureau of Prisons correctional officers will carry 3-4 ounce cans of pepper spray for use at their discretion. The program starts in August at seven United States Penitentiaries — Atwater (CA), Coleman I and II (FL), Florence (CO), Lee (VA), Lewisburg-Special Management Unit (PA) and Pollock (LA) — and will last one year. Mr. Deshotel expresses an interest in seeing the program at the conclusion of the evaluation period.