As Biden inauguration approaches, federal prisons under full-on lockdown

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Federal prisons throughout the country have been placed under full-on lockdown until further notice in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and amid nationwide threats of unrest, officials recently announced.

All of the 122 federal prison facilities have been temporarily secured "in light of current events occurring around the country, and out of an abundance of caution," the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announced Saturday morning.

The agency's operations had already been limited in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, with the latest measure being taken "to maintain the security and orderly running of our institutions, as well as to ensure the continued safety of staff, inmates, and the public," the memo states.

In the meantime, the BOP said all prisons will provide inmates with access to email and telephones until the lockdown is lifted, but did not indicate how long the restrictions will be in place.

The measure is precautionary, the BOP memo states, and was not prompted by any threats or information.

"In securing the facilities, the hope is that this prudent measure is for a short period and that operations will be restored to their prior status as soon as practical," the memo states. "We will continue to monitor events carefully and will adjust operations accordingly as the situation continues to evolve."

The lockdown was not announced until after inmates were locked in their cells Friday evening.... (Read more)