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Friday, May 18, 2018

Attorney General Sessions Announces Hugh Hurwitz as the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced that Hugh Hurwitz will begin serving as the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons on May 19, 2018, following Former Director Mark Inch’s resignation.

“I am pleased to announce Hugh Hurwitz as the Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Hugh has honorably served the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the American people throughout his distinguished career of federal service.” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I would also like to thank Mark Inch for proudly serving the Department of Justice as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and wish him luck in his future endeavors.”

Mr. Hurwitz began his career with the Bureau of Prisons as a law clerk in the Office of General Counsel in 1988. In 2003, Mr. Hurwitz was selected as the Chief of Acquisitions and Grants Services at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), later becoming the FDA's Chief of Information Technology Shared Services. In 2007, he was appointed Senior Procurement Executive for the U.S. Department of Education (ED) before being promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Hurwitz joined NASA's Office of Inspector General in 2012 as the Assistant Inspector General for Management. In 2015, he returned to the Bureau of Prisons as the Senior Deputy Assistant Director of the Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division. In 2017, Mr. Hurwitz was named Assistant Director for the Reentry Services Division.

As Assistant Director, Mr. Hurwitz oversaw a wide variety of areas, including mental health and drug treatment, community placement, and the education, vocational and recreation training programs for federal inmates nationwide. Mr. Hurwitz was responsible for coordinating efforts with other disciplines, agencies, and organizations to facilitate the successful reintegration of inmates back to their communities upon release.

In 1987, Mr. Hurwitz received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester. In 1990, he received his Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. 

Press Release Number: 
18 - 649
Updated May 18, 2018