Bill Barr Replaces Bureau of Prisons Chief After Jeffrey Epstein’s Death

The Daily Signal | 8/19/2019 | Staff
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Attorney General William Barr replaced acting Bureau of Prisons Director Hugh Hurwitz Monday, days after Jeffrey Epstein died in federal custody.

“I have asked Mr. Hurwitz to return to his responsibilities as assistant director of [Bureau of Prisons’] reentry services division, where he will work closely with me in overseeing the implementation of one of the Department’s highest priorities, the First Step Act,” Barr said in a statement.

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Barr replaced Hurwitz with former Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who served as bureau director from 1992 to 2003. Monday’s appointment is the second time Barr has selected Sawyer to lead the Bureau of Prisons–he was attorney general when she was selected for the post in the waning days of the first Bush administration. Thomas Kane will serve as Sawyer’s deputy.

“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. “I am confident Dr. Hawk Sawyer and Dr. Kane will lead [Bureau of Prisons] with the competence, skill, and resourcefulness they have embodied throughout their government careers.”

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Congressional lawmakers in both parties have pressed the Justice Department to investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death and hold negligent parties accountable. GOP Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska sent Barr a particularly blistering letter on Aug. 10, warning the attorney general that “heads must roll” within the department.

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