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Rep. Keller attends swearing-in ceremony for new Bureau of Prisons Director

Government and Politics

August 2, 2022


Rep. Keller attends swearing-in ceremony for new Bureau of Prisons Director

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Fred Keller (PA-12), Chair of the Congressional Bureau of Prisons Reform Caucus, attended the swearing-in ceremony for Colette S. Peters, the new Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Director Peters succeeds Michael Carvajal who announced his retirement earlier this year.

During the ceremony, Congressman Keller had the opportunity to congratulate Director Peters and discussed the work of the BOP Reform Caucus to bring transparency and accountability to an agency that has struggled with staffing levels, emergency preparedness, and the safety of staff and inmates in its facilities. Most recently in April, the BOP Reform Caucus met with officials from the BOP, Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Council of Prison Locals to continue discussions about improving the BOP and how the agency is currently working to meet its goals.

On the swearing-in ceremony for Director Peters, Congressman Keller made the following statement:

“The BOP Reform Caucus has made great strides in improving the communication between Congress, the BOP, corrections officers, and other stakeholders involved in improving America’s federal prison system. After talking with Director Peters, we share many of the same priorities for the future of the BOP and what the agency needs to be successful. I look forward to working with her to address staffing shortages, improve emergency preparedness, and advance legislation—like the Prison Camera Reform Act—to bolster security for inmates and staff. I am optimistic about this next chapter for the BOP and look forward to continuing the important work of the BOP Reform Caucus with the input and experience of Director Peters and her team.”

Background:

In September 2021, The BOP Reform Caucus held its first in-person meeting with BOP Director Michael Carvajal and officials from the Council of Prison Locals.

In June 2021, the BOP Reform Caucus met virtually with GAO to brief Member office staff on their 2021 report and to identify solutions to many of the BOP’s challenges.

In April 2022, the BOP Reform Caucus met with officials from the BOP, Government Accountability Office (GAO), and Council of Prison Locals to continue discussions about improving the BOP and how the agency is currently working to meet its goals.