Barr also named Thomas Kane, a longtime bureau employee who has held a variety of leadership roles, as the deputy director.
"Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer is set to take over as director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a position she previously served in for 11 years beginning in 1992, a Department of Justice news release said", adds Fox. In 1989, she was picked as assistant director for the program review division before serving as the bureau's chief for a decade.
"I am pleased to welcome back Dr. Hawk Sawyer as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons".
United States Attorney General William Barr on Monday announced a new leadership team at the federal Bureau of Prisons in a shakeup of the agency in the wake of financier Jeffrey Epstein's suicide inside a federal jail in NY.
Disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's will has been filed in the U.S. Virgin Islands and it reportedly showed that he signed it on August 8 - two days before investigators said he hanged himself in his New York City jail cell.
"Under Dr. Hawk Sawyer's previous tenure at the Bureau, she led the agency with excellence, innovation, and efficiency, receiving numerous awards for her outstanding leadership, " Barr said in a statement. He returned to the prison agency in 2015 and was appointed acting director by then-attorney general Jeff Sessions in 2018. The FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating his death.
"Earlier this morning, the Manhattan Correctional Center confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein, who faced charges brought by this Office of engaging in the sex trafficking of minors, had been found unresponsive in his cell and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter of an apparent suicide", Berman said in the statement. "In the past, guards at both federal and state prisons have faced criminal charges over false entries in duty logs that were discovered after something went wrong with a prisoner". But let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.
There are at least five ongoing federal investigations into the matter, after Barr last week singled out what he described as "serious irregularities" that investigators had already found surrounding the death of one of the government's most high-profile inmates. "Attorney General Barr did the right thing by removing the head of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and he ought to make every effort to prosecute every one of Epstein's co-conspirators to the fullest extent of the law".