Published on: Tuesday, June 2, 2020

"The Federal Bureau of Prisons is under a national lockdown for the first time in almost 25 years due to widespread protests following the death of George Floyd," according to an article by Courtney Buble in the Government Executive here.  It does not appear that the BOP has any news about the lockdown on their website at this time.  About the total lockdown, Buble's article quotes the following statement from BOP Spokesperson Justin Long from Monday night: 

The BOP is currently operating under an enhanced modified operational model to promote social distancing and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  In light of extensive protest activity occurring around the country, the BOP - in an abundance of caution - is implementing an additional, temporary security measure to ensure the good order and security of our institutions, as well as ensure the safety of staff and inmates. In securing our facilities, our hope is that this security measure is short-lived and that inmates will be restored to limited movement in the very near future. The BOP will continue to monitor events carefully and will adjust its operations accordingly as the situation continues to evolve.

According to one BOP union representative, a total lockdown means "no movement whatsoever."  And the last time BOP had a total lockdown was in 1995, following a series of prison uprisings.

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