Attorney General William Barr removed the Acting Chief of the Bureau of Prisons yesterday in the aftermath of Jeffery Epstein’s suicide in a New York City prison.
Hugh Hurwitz, head of federal prison system for the last year and a half, was reassigned as part of the Attorney General’s effort to fix problems in the Bureau of Prisons, which was already under scrutiny for failing to prevent the murder of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in a federal prison in West Virginia last October.
Several inconsistencies in procedures at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, where Epstein was being held, have been reported. Though the disgraced financier and alleged sex trafficker had tried to commit suicide several weeks earlier and was supposed to be checked every 30 minutes, it was determined that this prison guards failed to do this. The Justice Department is now looking into whether or not staff logs were falsified on the night Epstein died and why Epstein’s cellmate was removed several days before his suicide.
Replacing Hurwitz is long time Justice Department official Kathleen Hawk Sawyer who was head of the Bureau of Prisons from 1992 – 2003. This is the second time Hawk Sawyer has been appointed to the position by Attorney General Barr, working for him first during the waning days of the George W. Bush Administration and staying on during both Clinton Administrations. She has a reputation for being firm and fair and for holding people accountable for their actions.