Jose Rivera Correctional Officer Protection Act

July 22, 2008 11:24:42 PM PDT
Merced County is joining the push for security changes at federal prisons, following the murder of a north valley correctional officer.Andy Krotik: "We're a grassroots organization that came together because of the death of Jose Rivera who was murdered at USP Atwater on June 20th."

A newly formed group called "Friends and Family of Correctional Officers" asked the Board of Supervisors to approve a resolution that calls for better protection for federal officers.

They say the Atwater Penitentiary should provide stab-proof vests and non-lethal weapons.

They also want additional staffing. The group is hoping its efforts will send a message to the federal bureau of prisons.

Andy Krotik: "We already have over 500 people who have joined up with us. This is gonna go bigger than Atwater, this is going to go statewide, it's going to go national. We're trying to give Congressman Cardoza, Senator Boxer and Feinstein the community horsepower to get the changes done."

Earlier this month Congressman Dennis Cardoza introduced the "Jose Rivera Correctional Officer Protection Act" to authorize 20 million dollars for stab-proof vests.

Officer Rivera died after authorities say he was stabbed by two inmates inside the Atwater prison.

Board members approved the resolution in his honor.

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