Prison Camera Reform Act of 2021

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 14, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. KELLER. Mr. Speaker, I am here today to speak in support of S. 2899, the Prison Camera Reform Act of 2021.

Our team, along with Congresswoman McBath, introduced the House companion to this bill, which requires the Bureau of Prisons to evaluate their security cameras and address deficiencies so that the Bureau of Prisons can keep correctional officers and inmates safe, oversee misconduct, and limit contraband.

As the chair of the Congressional Bureau of Prisons Reform Caucus, our team has facilitated several meetings with officials from the Bureau of Prisons and the Council of Prison Locals.

During these meetings, we heard from corrections officers about major deficiencies and needed upgrades within the BOP's security camera system. These deficiencies have made it harder for corrections officers to protect themselves and maintain secure facilities.

The Prison Camera Reform Act works to address these concerns, requiring the BOP to evaluate current conditions of equipment and formulate a plan on how they will address any deficiencies identified.

The outstanding men and women who work in our Nation's correctional facilities deal with dangerous situations every day. They deserve the tools and support necessary to keep themselves and the inmates whom they protect safe from harm.

Shane Fausey and Steve Markle, with the Council of Prison Locals, have been tireless advocates for America's corrections officers and staff, and their sage counsel was vital in developing the Prison Camera Reform Act, which has been a top legislative priority for our BOP Reform Caucus.

While the BOP faces many challenges, passing the Prison Camera Reform Act would be a major step forward for the agency, corrections officers, and security of America's Federal prisons.