The director of federal prisons is retiring after eight years at the helm of a corrections system responsible for the custody and care of 210,000 inmates.
Harley G. Lappin's career with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons spanned 25 years and as director he was in charge of a work force of more than 38,000 employees.
Lappin spearheaded a skills development initiative aimed at preparing inmates for a crime-free return to the community when they finish serving their sentences.
On Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder said Lappin had met the challenges of prison overcrowding and had worked tirelessly to expand prisoner development and rehabilitation programs during a time of budget constraints.
Lappin will retire effective May 7.