US Attorney General appoints Kathleen Hawk Sawyer new head of prisons following Epstein's death

US Attorney General appoints Kathleen Hawk Sawyer new head of prisons following Epstein's death
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  • calendar-gray 19 August 2019

US Attorney General William Barr appointed Kathleen Hawk Sawyer to be the new director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on 19 August following the resignation of Acting Director Hugh Hurwitz, APA reports citing the Justice Department.

While the resignation of Hurwitz, who was reassigned to the position of deputy in charge of the bureau's re-entry programmes, was not explicitly explained, Barr has earlier slammed the work of the staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York, which had failed to prevent the apparent suicide of Jeffery Epstein. Barr pointed to the "serious irregularities" in their work, something which was uncovered during a probe into the prisoner's death.

Sawyer has held the position in the past, having served at the post between 1992 and 2003, focusing her efforts on reducing recidivism and improving prisoners' opportunities after the end of their terms.

She was awarded the Edmund Randolph Award for outstanding service in the Department of Justice in 2001.

Faiq Mahmudov

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