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DOJ OIG Releases Management Advisory Memorandum of Urgent Security Concerns Involving Staff Entering BOP Facilities

Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz announced today the release of a Management Advisory Memorandum to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) identifying urgent concerns involving staff entering BOP facilities without being searched.

The DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) identified these concerns in connection with an OIG investigation involving the introduction of contraband at a BOP facility. A review of the facility’s video monitoring system revealed that staff were able to enter the facility during the night shift and walk around the metal detector without being screened. After discussing the matter with BOP personnel at the facility, we were concerned that this presents systemic concerns.

The DOJ OIG made three recommendations to the BOP to address the concerns we identified. The BOP agreed with the recommendations and, in response to them, issued a memorandum to the Chief Executive Officers of all BOP facilities. As a result, the OIG has already closed one of the three recommendations.

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