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Cartwright announces $180M for Federal Bureau of Prison hiring efforts

The Times Leader

Cartwright said $180 million of the increase, above the Administration’s request for BOP operations, will go towards the recruitment, retention and hiring of qualified corrections officers by offering competitive pay and benefits as well as retention and hiring bonuses.

U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright on Friday said the $180.4 million in federal funding he helped secure will address critical staffing shortages at federal prisons across the country — including the U.S. Penitentiary, Canaan, in Wayne County.

“This much-needed financial support will provide robust federal investment in the safety of our federal prisons and the brave correction officers who go to work in them every day,” Cartwright said. “I was proud to deliver this essential funding as the chair of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee.”

Cartwright, D-Moosic, announced at a press conference Friday morning that as chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, he successfully secured $180,460,000 in additional funding for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in the 2023 Government Spending Package to sustain and increase BOP recruitment and hiring efforts nationwide.

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