HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 16, 2016) – Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association (PSCOA) President Jason Bloom today issued the following statement on Senate Bill 1071:
“Each day, more than 9,500 corrections officers go to work accepting the dangers of their job. It’s disheartening to see that Senate Bill 1071 would force corrections officers to work well past their physical and mental ability to perform their duties in a safe and responsible manner. Yet, the amendment adopted by the House would require our members to work to age 65 before qualifying for full retirement. It does not make sense why the state would adopt a policy that would have 65-year-old corrections officers attempting to maintain order over 20-year-old inmates. This would put the safety of our communities, other inmates and our members at a greater risk of bad things happening.
“Corrections officers work one of the most dangerous and stressful jobs in the commonwealth. That uncommon commitment to public service demands exemption from this legislation.”