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S. 2742 (116th): Federal Prisons Accountability Act of 2019

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Should one of the more important Justice Department positions require Senate confirmation, as most of the department’s other top positions do?


Approximately 1,200 presidentially-appointed government positions require Senate approval, but many others don’t. One position that doesn’t require Senate confirmation is the Director of the Bureau of Prisons, currently filled by Kathleen Hawk Sawyer.

It’s not a small job, with responsibility for 122 federal prisons, 177,000 federal inmates, and 36,000 staff.

The director position is usually rarely in the news, but former Director Hugh Hurwitz earned headlines for his August removal by Attorney General William Barr. Hurwitz led the bureau while perhaps the two most prominent federal inmates, Whitey Bulger and Jeffrey Epstein, both died while in federal custody: the former killed by another inmate, the latter died …

Sponsor and status

Mitch McConnell

Sponsor. Senator for Kentucky. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Length: 4 pages
Oct 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on October 30, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


5 Cosponsors (4 Republicans, 1 Independent)



Oct 30, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 2742 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2742. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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