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Text of the Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2012

This bill was introduced on March 7, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 7, 2012 (Introduced).

Source: GPO

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2169

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 7, 2012

(for himself and Mr. Paul) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To require the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to be appointed by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2012.

2.

Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

The Director of the Bureau of Prisons leads a law enforcement component of the Department of Justice with a budget that exceeds $6,500,000,000 for fiscal year 2012.

(2)

With the exception of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Prisons has the largest operating budget of any unit within the Department of Justice.

(3)

The Director of the Bureau of Prisons oversees and is responsible for the welfare of more than 216,000 Federal inmates in 117 facilities.

(4)

The Director of the Bureau of Prisons supervises more than 37,000 employees, many of whom operate in hazardous environments that involve regular interaction with violent offenders.

(5)

The Director of the Bureau of Prisons also serves as the chief operating officer for Federal Prisons Industries, a wholly owned government enterprise of 98 prison factories that directly competes against the private sector, including small businesses, for Government contracts.

(6)

Within the Department of Justice, in addition to those officials who oversee litigating components, the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Director of the Community Relations Service, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Director of the National Institute of Justice, the Director of the Office for Victims of Crime, the Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, the Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Director of the United States Marshals Service, 94 United States Marshals, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice, and the Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices, are all appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(7)

Despite the significant budget of the Bureau of Prisons and the vast number of people under the responsibility of the Director of the Bureau of Prisons, the Director is not appointed by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

3.

Director of the Bureau of Prisons

(a)

In general

Section 4041 of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking appointed by and serving directly under the Attorney General. and inserting the following: who shall be appointed by the President by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director shall serve directly under the Attorney General..

(b)

Incumbent

Notwithstanding the amendment made by subsection (a), the individual serving as the Director of the Bureau of Prisons on the date of enactment of this Act may serve as the Director of the Bureau of Prisons until the date that is 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act.

(c)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to limit the ability of the President to appoint the individual serving as the Director of the Bureau of Prisons on the date of enactment of this Act to the position of the Director of the Bureau of Prisons in accordance with section 4041 of title 18, United States Code, as amended by subsection (a).