WASHINGTON (PM) — Attorney General William Barr discharged the acting head of the Bureau of Prisons, the Justice Department announced Monday, replacing the agency’s top official in the furrow of the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein earlier this month.
In an announcement, Barr said Hugh Hurwitz, who had served in the acting position since 2018, would revert to the assistant director position he formerly occupied.
Dr. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who led the bureau from 1992 to 2003, will be the new director, Barr stated.
Barr has stated he was “appalled” and “angry” to discover of the suicide, and cited “serious irregularities” at the Manhattan facility where Epstein had been confined.
Barr had previously shaken up the uppermost leadership at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, declaring last week that the facility’s warden would be reassigned while the FBI and Justice Department’s inspector general reviewed the circumstances leading up to the suicide.