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A shortage of correctional officers has become chronic in the Trump administration, leaving some prison workers feeling ill-equipped and unsafe on the job, according to a recent New York Times investigation. Some prisons are so pressed for correctional officers that they regularly compel teachers, nurses, secretaries and other support staff to step in.
Gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was “beaten to death” by at least two inmates shortly after his transfer to a West Virginia federal prison, The New York Times reports. One Federal Bureau of Prisons employee told the newspaper that the inmates involved in the killing at U.S. Penitentiary, Hazelton are thought to be “affiliated with the mob.” A senior law-enforcement official said that he was told “an organized crime figure was believed to be responsible” for Bulger’s killing, according to the Times. A prison worker also disclosed to the newspaper that Bulger was transferred to the Hazelton prison because he “threatened a staff member” at his previous prison in Sumterville, Florida. Bulger, a South Boston mobster, was serving a life sentence for 11 murders.