U.S. Senate Judiciary to Hold BOP Oversight Hearing

Post Date: October 29, 2013

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U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the Bureau of Prisons on Nov. 6, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced on October 25. 

The hearing, which will be chaired by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), is part of the Committee’s regular oversight function and will also explore cost-effective ways to reduce recidivism. The government spends $6.4 billion annually on federal prisons, which is around one-quarter of the Department of Justice budget. The Judiciary Committee held in September a hearing on mandatory minimum sentences, and last year Leahy presided over a hearing on rising prison costs.

The upcoming hearing, titled “Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons & Cost-Effective Strategies for Reducing Recidivism,” will be on Nov. 6 and will include testimony from Charles Samuels, the director of the Bureau of Prisons. Read more