Federal corrections officers don't carry pepper spray, batons, or even stab vests - the idea is to have friendly discourse with the prisoners.
From Kelli Arena and Kevin BohnCNN ￼￼￼￼￼ATWATER, California (CNN) -- Jose Rivera survived two tours of duty in Iraq, but his job as a corrections officer at a high-security federal prison in California cost him his life.
Jose Rivera was guarding 100 inmates when he was stabbed to death at a federal prison in California.
￼￼￼Two inmates using a homemade shank are accused of stabbing Rivera to death in June at the United States Penitentiary in Atwater, California.
The inmates -- Jose Sablan, 43, and James Guerrero, 40 -- were indicted in August and charged with murder. They have not entered a plea.
"It was two against one, you know, and no one helped him," said Rivera's mother, Terry. "I didn't think that it would happen, but it was not safe for him to work there."
Rivera was 22 and had been in his job at the 960-plus inmate prison for just 10 months when he died.
He was alone guarding about 100 inmates at the time of the attack and had a radio to call for backup in case of trouble. He didn't have what many guards in California's state prisons routinely count on: pepper spray, a protective vest and a collapsible baton.
Federal officers are not allowed to have those items.
The article goes on to state that the Federal authorities are reviewing their policy on arming guards.