Washington, D.C. – On Friday, March 16 at 9:00 a.m., the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee will hold an oversight hearing on the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) where Director Mark Inch will testify.

The BOP protects communities by confining offenders in the controlled environments of prisons and community-based facilities that are safe, humane, cost-efficient, and appropriately secure, and that provide work and other self-improvement opportunities to assist offenders in becoming law-abiding citizens. BOP operates 122 institutions located throughout the United States, which are operated at five different security levels in order to confine offenders in an appropriate manner. Recent reports have highlighted problems about reduced staffing at BOP facilities and the subsequent security risks it has presented to both inmates and staff.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) issued the statements below in advance of this hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Every day, the men and women working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons keep our communities safe by maintaining the safety of federal prisons and prepare and help offenders re-enter society. This week, the Crime Subcommittee will examine the missions and operations of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in order to make sure these agencies have the necessary tools to do their jobs, the staff needed to keep prisons safe and orderly, and identify any areas of needed reforms. I look forward to Director Inch’s testimony before the Subcommittee.”

Subcommittee Chairman Sensenbrenner: “Our federal prison system is designed to confine offenders in a safe and secure environment. We must ensure that federal prisons are fully staffed and have the necessary resources to mitigate security risks to staff and inmates as much as possible. We must also confirm that there are sufficient programs in place to prepare inmates for a successful re-entry into society at the end of their sentence. I look forward to hearing from the director about the state of our prisons and what policies we can implement to improve the system.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov.  Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.