News Articles Concerning Collette Peters' Term as Bureau of Prisons Director
The Attorney General has picked someone to replace embattled former director Michael Carvajal as director of the Bureau of Prisons.
Below is an excerpt from the BOP Website about Peters.
(BOP) - Today, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he has selected Colette S. Peters to serve as the next (and 12th) Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). Ms. Peters currently serves as Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) and provides oversight of an agency with 4,700 employees; a biennial budget of $2 billion; and responsibility for managing 14,700 incarcerated adults in 14 prisons across the state.
Ms. Peters has 30 years of experience in public safety and has been the Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) since 2012. She is the first woman to serve as ODOC Director and is also the Chair of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board and a past Vice President of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.
She began her career in public safety as a Victim Advocate and Crisis Mediator with the Denver Police Department. She was Director of Public Affairs for ODOC from 2004-2006, and the Department's Assistant Director for Public Services and Inspector General from 2006-2008. From 2009-2012, she was Director of the Oregon Youth Authority, the state agency responsible for providing custody, rehabilitation, and treatment services to youth ages 12-24 who committed crimes prior to their 18th birthday. She holds a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado in Denver, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, Minnesota.
The New York Times was among the first to indicate that Peters was to be selected for the position.
WASHINGTON — Colette S. Peters, the longtime director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, has been tapped to lead the chronically mismanaged and understaffed federal Bureau of Prisons, according to two people familiar with the decision.
The Justice Department, which oversees the bureau, is expected to announce her appointment this week, perhaps as early as Tuesday. The bureau, a sprawling network of 122 facilities with an annual budget of around $10 billion, houses about 158,000 inmates.
The appointment comes after a long search to replace the current director, Michael Carvajal, who announced his intention to retire in January, under pressure from Senate Democrats who questioned his management.
Ms. Peters, who began her career as an administrator in Oregon’s juvenile justice system, rose to national prominence after instituting changes in the state’s 14-facility system to improve the health and treatment of its 15,000 inmates.
She was considered the favored candidate for a job seen as one of the Justice Department’s most demanding and thankless assignments.