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Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs


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. 

---------------------- Union Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary in New York City established this new Doctor Ministry program last year and we are presently recruiting for the next cohort that begins this August with a two-week residency in New York City. The hybrid program then continues with two on-line courses in fall and spring. The official name is Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education (we are considering a shortened version).

While our initial thought was to reach people on track to become ACPE Certified Educators, we have found a broader range of interest and, therefore, we opened up the degree to others including chaplains interested in Spiritual Care Leadership.


Rabbi Jeffery M. Silberman, DMin, DD, ACPE Certified Educator, BCC

Director, DMin Program in Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York


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Federal Bureau Of Prisons Dumps Controversial Policy Restricting Books, Emails, And Letters For Inmates []

On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Prisons rolled back a policy deemed by many to be “a discriminatory and destructive attack on access to literature and other reading and educational materials for thousands of people in prison,” that effectively shuts inmates “off from works that can reduce recidivism and better connect them to the outside world,” according to Summer Lopez, Senior Director of Free Expression Programs for PEN America.

On June 6, 2018, the National Academies Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity will host a one-day public workshop on:

The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Community Health and Well-Being in Philadelphia, PA. The agenda is available here 

1. To better understand the distributive impact of incarceration on low income families and communities of color. 
2. To examine the effects of the post-incarceration reentry process on families and communities. 
3. To explore promising models and best practices for improving and enhancing the reentry process.

· The workshop will NOT be webcast. In-person attendance only.

· Workshop presentations will be posted on the webpage approximately 2 weeks after the event for free download.

· Workshop proceedings (a written document of what occurred at the workshop) will be available in the months following the workshop for free download on the main Roundtable website.

The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Community Health and Well-Being

Date: June 6, 2018 (8:30 AM Eastern)

Location: University of Pennsylvania (Auditorium) • Claire M. Fagin Hall, 418 Curie Boulevard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Register here