Thomson employees speak out about abuse concerns

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UPDATE: The union representing USP Thomson workers met with Congressman Eric Sorensen, Senator Tammy Duckworth, and Senator Dick Durbin on potential changes to the work environment at USP Thomson.

More than 1,000 reports of abuse have been reported since 2020 from Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Thomson, more than 100 employees left the prison last year, citing their resignations as a direct result of the misconduct they endured.

The abuse at the prison has the attention of Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, who feels the workers need federal protections and says the Federal Bureau of Prisons covered up the incidents. As Our Quad Cities News reporter Jackson Rozinsky found out, workers have a lot to say about the abuse they’ve faced and what they think needs to be done.

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