BOP Management of its Female Inmate Population, and Other Challenges

Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
Full Committee on Oversight and Reform
Hearing Date: November 28, 2018 12:00 pm 2154 Rayburn HOB

PURPOSE:
  • To evaluate the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) response to findings and recommendations from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (IG).
  • To examine how BOP intends to hold its leaders accountable for wrongdoing, and uphold the ideals of professionalism, safety, and integrity within the federal prison system.
BACKGROUND:
  • On September 18, 2018, the DOJ IG released a report recommending BOP improve policies and programs to better accommodate gender-specific needs. The IG offered ten recommendations for BOP to improve management of its female population, and BOP concurred with all ten recommendations.
  • On December 13, 2017, the Committee held a hearing to examine areas of improvement at BOP, enhanced reentry policies, and cost effectiveness measures.
  • Since the hearing, the Committee received allegations from BOP employees detailing a toxic culture where managers tolerate and engage in misconduct, mismanagement, and whistleblower intimidation.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz Inspector General Office of the Inspector General, Department of Justice Document
Mr. Hugh J. Hurwitz Acting Director Federal Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice Document