Attorney General Jeff Sessions nominated Gen. Mark S. Inch to serve as director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Tuesday, The Washington Examiner reports.
Inch, who will replace acting director Thomas Kane, a 40-year veteran of the bureau, has an extensive military resume. He most recently served as the provost marshal general and commanding general of the Criminal Investigation Command and Army Corrections Headquarters for the Department of the Army.
He assumed all the responsibility that such a seemingly daunting title demands, serving as “principal military advisor” to the secretary of the Army and the chief of staff of the Army on “all policing matters.”
Sessions spoke highly of Inch, calling him a “military policeman” who is “uniquely qualified to lead our federal prison system.”
While ignoring insults from his boss, Sessions has quietly been a pragmatic and effective attorney general. Since this past weekend alone, Sessions has been applauded by the NRA for helping craft Trump’s executive order to crack down on the illegal sale of firearms, successfully prosecuted a Chinese national for bribing UN officials, and, most recently, nailed a dirty government contractor for bribery. Thus, it appears to be a good thing the GOP-controlled Senate has said it won’t sit idly by and allow Trump to fire Sessions.
As of 2016, U.S. federal prisons had a population of approximately 190,000 inmates across 122 facilities. But Sessions’ new hire is well prepared for to manage it. During his service in Afghanistan, Gen. Inch was “responsible for detainee operations and rule of law development within the Army’s security sector,” the Justice Department said Tuesday.
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