Bureau of Prisons BOP (Federal Agency Profiles)
PARENT ORGANIZATION: Department of Justice
ESTABLISHED: May 14, 1930
EMPLOYEES: 31,633 (1999)
ADDRESS: 320 First St. NW Washington, DC 20534
PHONE: (202) 307-3082
URL: http://www.bop.gov DIRECTOR: Dr. Kathleen M. Hawk Sawyer
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The mission of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has two essential aspects. First, the bureau is charged with protecting society by segregating criminals from the public. Second, it has a mandate to provide humane confinement of prisoners, including opportunities for rehabilitation and self-improvement. The late Chief Justice Warren Burger summed up the essence of the BOP in this statement, "When society places a person behind walls and bars .. . it has an obligation moral obligationo do whatever can reasonably be done to change that person before he or she goes back into the stream of society."
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
The BOP, like many other bureaus in the Department of Justice, is subdivided into many smaller groups and has four administrative offices, six divisions, a training institute, and a wholly owned government industry....
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