Updated: 10/05/2013 10:25 AM
Created: 10/04/2013 6:43 PM KSTP.com
By: Josh Rosenthal
"It's a kick in the teeth," described Federal Correctional Worker Christopher Campbell. He's talking about the government shutdown. But then again, working in a prison -- even one with female inmates -- the shutdown might be the least of his problems.
"You can never trust that there's no danger," he said. "We've got murderers, we've got, anything a male inmate has done, these females have done. Some of them would actually scare you."
When the shutdown became official, Campbell was in D.C. at a press conference where his union spoke out against low staffing and funding levels in the Bureau of Prisons.
As one speaker explained, "we are working with some of the worst criminals our society has ever produced."
Then came the really bad news. Campbell found out he had to leave D.C. and get back to work at the Federal Correctional Institution in Waseca -- but with a catch. Because of the shutdown, Campbell isn't sure when he'll be paid.
"Technically the government is indebted to pay us, but I don't know when," he explained. "So I've got, basically I've got an IOU from the federal government."
But as Campbell told us, IOU's don't pay the bills. Not to mention, he supports both his children and grandchildren.
"I'll be honest with you, once it gets past a certain point, I don't know how it's going to work," he admitted. "Feeding my family, paying the light bill, I don't know that the city of Waseca is going to continue to provide us with water and electricity if we don't provide them with money."
That's money -- not an IOU.
We hoped to talk to the Federal Bureau of Prisons for this report, but when we called, we got a message saying "due to the lapse in appropriations," they can't respond right now.