#minorsextrafficking | Director of embattle federal prison system announces retirement

Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal announced his retirement amid a short but troubled tenure plagued by the agency’s handling of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, persistent staffing problems and security lapses in the nation’s largest prison system. 

Carvajal, who had been serving as an assistant director, was elevated to the top spot in early 2020 to succeed Kathleen Hawk Sawyer. She had been appointed by then-Attorney General William Barr to lead the agency after accused child-sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his Manhattan jail cell.

“We are very appreciative of Director Carvajal’s service to the department over the last three decades,” a Justice Department spokesperson said Wednesday. “His operational experience and intimate knowledge of the Bureau of Prisons – the department’s largest component – helped steer it during critical times, including during this historic pandemic.”

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