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What happens if prison officers don't get paid?

The US government shutdown may pose a threat to the security of US jails
US prison staff face real economic hardship thanks to the partial shutdown of the federal government, and that may pose a threat to the security of the country's jails.

Eric Young is a prison officer and a national labour union representative for the American Federation of Government Employees. He tells the BBC's Vishala Sri-Pathma how not getting paid is affecting him and his colleagues. And he speaks of his fears for the peace and integrity of prisons.

(Picture: Keys lying on the floor in a prison corridor; Credit: allanswart/Getty Images)
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