Pennsylvania corrections officers get final OK to carry pepper spray

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pepper spray could be available to corrections officers in Pennsylvania’s state prisons by January.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday signed into law House Bill 2084, which requires the state Department of Corrections to issue canisters of oleoresin capsicum aerosol, or OC, to officers working in medium- and high-security state prisons.

Supporters say pepper spray can deter prison assaults and protect corrections officers, but only a few officers had been allowed to carry it.

The officers would receive training and they would have to take refresher courses each year.

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