(BOP) - The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP) recently informed employees at USP Thomson that the decision had been made to permanently convert the facility to a Low security institution. This decision follows the temporary placement of Low security individuals at the facility earlier this year to alleviate the overcrowding issues at other Low security facilities throughout the FBOP.
The FBOP is dedicated to increasing employment levels across the agency. Eliminating the need for mandatory overtime and augmentation is a vital goal that the FBOP will strive for with relentless commitment. As a result of this decision, the conversion of USP Thomson to a Low security facility will enable the agency to reduce USP Thomson's dependence on mandatory overtime and the augmentation of non-custody employees to custody posts. This is a favorable and appreciated outcome for the employees and the individuals in our care and custody at the facility who have borne the chronic employment shortages at USP Thomson.
North Central Regional Director Andre Matevousian stated, "Thomson employees are resilient and some of the most hard-working individuals I have had the pleasure of calling my coworkers. Considering the employment challenges USP Thomson has endured, I am thankful we can finally tell the employees of Thomson we heard them, and we have come to a decision that will almost eliminate the need for mandatory overtime and augmentation."