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Federal Bureau of Prisons Elevates Atty. Gen. William Barr, Kathleen Hawk Sawyer and Thomas Kane to Leadership Roles

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Kathleen Hawk Sawyer

Attorney General William Barr has named Thomas Kane and Kathleen Hawk Sawyer to lead the Federal Bureau of Prisons as deputy director and director respectively. Kane started his career in the agency in 1977 and held various senior leadership roles including assistant director, acting director and chief of staff under four attorneys general, the Department of Justice said Monday.

He also joined FBI’s advisory board for criminal justice information services and landed a position in the District of Columbia Sentencing Commission. Prior to her promotion, Hawk Sawyer served as a psychologist at the Federal Correctional Institution and worked as an assistant director at BOP’s Program Review Division.

She first held the role of BOP director in 1992 and helped the agency prepare in meeting potential demands and concerns via the Forward Thinking Initiative.