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Calif. CO's murder prompts call for safety vests


By Michael Doyle
Fresno Bee
Read News Report: Calif. federal prison officer fatally stabbed

WASHINGTON — Bureau of Prisons officials are considering equipping federal guards with safety vests following the murder of Atwater correctional officer Jose Rivera, union leaders revealed Wednesday.

In what one participant termed a "heated" meeting, Bureau of Prisons Director Harley G. Lappin indicated knife-resistant vests could be a viable option for at least some of the nation's 16,000 or so federal prison guards. Some think a vest might have saved Rivera, who died June 20 after being stabbed through the heart with a prisoner-made shank.

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