Reassigned: AG Barr Has Replaced the Acting Bureau of Prisons Director After Epstein Screw Up

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Posted: Aug 19, 2019 1:40 PM
Reassigned: AG Barr Has Replaced the Acting Bureau of Prisons Director After Epstein Screw Up

Source: (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, File)

Attorney General Bill Barr announced Monday afternoon Acting Bureau of Prisons Director Hugh Hurwitz has been reassigned in the wake of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's suicide. 

“I am pleased to welcome back Dr. Hawk Sawyer as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. 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 released in a statement. “I am also pleased to announce Dr. Thomas R. Kane as the Deputy Director of BOP. Dr. Kane served in the Bureau for over thirty years under four Attorneys General and is known for his expertise and proficiency in prison management and organization."

"During this critical juncture, I am confident Dr. Hawk Sawyer and Dr. Kane will lead BOP with the competence, skill, and resourcefulness they have embodied throughout their government careers. I would also like to thank Hugh Hurwitz, Acting Director of BOP, for his dedication and service to the Bureau over the last fifteen months," Barr continued. "I have asked Mr. Hurwitz to return to his responsibilities as Assistant Director of BOP’s 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."

Both Hurwitz and Kane are career Bureau of Prisons officials and have nearly four decades of combined experience. 

Over the weekend the New York City medical examiner officially declared Epstein's death a suicide after an autopsy. He was taken off suicide watch after a first attempt three weeks ago and successfully killed himself when sleeping guards failed to check on him.