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    Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons? You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

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    Responsibilities

    The legal practice at the Consolidated Legal Center (CLC), Federal Detention Center, Houston, Texas, covers a wide variety of issues focusing on correctional law issues raised in habeas corpus petitions, personal liability under Bivens, and the FTCA. The CLC is involved in various administrative grievances, such as FTCA tort claims and FOIA requests. The litigation, legal advice, and administrative matters involve a wide variety of issues, such as inmates' reasonable access to the courts, conditions of confinement, medical care, diet and religious accommodations, housing assignments, hygiene and sanitation, and discipline. The CLC is staffed with a Supervisory Attorney, two non-supervisory attorneys, one paralegal, and one legal assistant. Although legal staff are considered regional employees, the CLC is part of the Federal Detention Center, Houston, Texas.

    The CLC Attorney will be significantly involved in preparing litigation reports and pleadings to various litigation filed against staff and the United States as well as handle the adjudication of administrative tort claims.  CLC Attorney will be expected to provide advice and guidance to all levels of staff at the correctional facilities, including members of the Executive staff. CLC Attorney will also be expected to communicate with defense attorneys, prosecutors, federal courts and agency officials.  CLC Attorney will need to develop a thorough knowledge of all aspects of BOP policy and practice as he/she may be required to appear in District Court on short notice to explain and advocate the agency's rationale for its correctional management decisions.

    Because of the nature and mission of this position, it requires "hands-on" understanding of the operating problems encompassed in working within an institution.  CLC Attorney may be called on to perform as a law enforcement officer in a correctional environment during training, emergency situations, times of staff shortages and under any other type of correctional operating crisis.  Specific correctional responsibilities may include custody and supervision of inmates, responding to emergencies and institution disturbances, participating in fog and escape patrols, and assuming correctional officer posts when necessary.  CLC Attorney may be required to shakedown inmates and conduct visual searches in their work or living area for contraband.  CLC Attorney must be prepared to use physical control in situations where necessary, such as in fights among inmates, assaults on staff and riots or escape attempts.

    The Practice Areas related to this position are Correctional Law, Health/Medical and Prisoners' Rights.

    The duties of this position may at times require frequent and direct contact with individuals in confinement who are suspected or convicted of serious criminal offenses.  It has also been determined that the duties of this position require experience and knowledge of the on-the-job responsibilities of a primary law enforcement officer working in a correctional facility.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Training and Work Related Travel

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

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    0905 Attorney

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