Central Office is the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. This office supervises the six regional offices. Central Office is ultimately responsible for all federal prison operations. The institution is also known as FBOP DC and the Bureau of Prisons, Washington, DC.
Director Michael Carvajal oversees and manages the federal prison system. Under him are Gene Beasley and Zachary J. Kelton. Beasley is the Deputy Director. Kelton is the Associate Director and Chief of Staff.
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Central Office Table of Contents
- Central Office Address & Contact Information
- Central Office Divisions
- Regional Offices
- Directions to Central Office
- Central Office Information
Central Office Address & Contact Information
Central Office General Mailing Address
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Central Office Phone Number: 202-307-3198
BOP Website: Bureau of Prisons Page
Wikipedia: Wikipedia Page
Staff Mailing Address
Use this address when sending correspondence and parcels to FBOP DC staff:
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Central Office Divisions
FBOP DC’s Central Office develops and supervises national programs. The below departments provide functional support for programming and operational needs. Federal prisons (BOP) incarcerate those who have committed federal criminal justice violations.
Central Office only manages United States federal facilities. It does not oversee state prisons or state departments of corrections. Local jail inmates are also not housed in federal prisons. Federal institutions also house District of Columbia inmates.
The Administrative Division oversees the Bureau’s financial and facility operational management. Assistant Director Hugh J. Hurwitz currently leads this division.
The Administrative Division oversees the budget, finance, procurement, and property. This office also manages the Inmate Trust Fund Program. Additionally, the FBOP DC Administrative Division oversees facility programs, design, renovation, and maintenance. Every federal correctional facility receives this oversight.
Correctional Program Division
The federal prison Central Office’s Correctional Programs Division develops activities and programs for inmates. These programs reduce inmate idleness, classify inmates, and help inmates develop skills. The goal of this office is to help inmates reenter society following imprisonment. Assistant Director Andre Matevousian oversees it.
The Correctional Programs Division is also responsible for national policy and operations oversight. Duties include inmate classification, designation, transfer, records, and other inmate custody needs. This department also conducts sentence computations (e.g., sentence length and release dates). The division also coordinates with the Bureau’s Victim and Witness Notification Program.
Health Services Division
The Health Services Division oversees medical, dental, and psychiatric care for federal inmates. Assistant Director Michael Smith leads it. The division is also responsible for health care delivery, infectious disease management, and medical designations. The Health Services Division also oversees the Bureau’s Safety Program and Food Service Program.
Human Resource Management Division
The Central Office Human Resource Management Division manages federal prison staffing matters. Associate Director L. Christina Griffith oversees it. This division handles personnel matters, including pay, incentives, retirement, employee discipline, and performance evaluations. The Human Resource Management Division is also responsible for employee development, including policy oversight and national training programs.
Federal Prison Industries
Federal Prison Industries is the Bureau’s inmate labor program that contracts with outside providers. It is also known by the trade name UNICOR. Assistant Director Patrick T. O’Connor oversees it. According to the Bureau, “FPI employs and provides skills training to federal inmates in diverse factory settings.”
In reality, UNICOR acts as a form of government-sponsored, private contract work. Federal inmates primarily work in factory settings and provide services to government agencies and private companies. They work at reduced rates due to inmates receiving below minimum wage.
Information, Policy & Public Affairs Division
The FBOP DC’s Central Office Information, Policy & Public Affairs Division is responsible for the Bureau’s information technology operations. Assistant Director Sonya Thompson heads this division. This office is also responsible for:
- Developing and maintaining IT systems
- Information security
- Correctional security technology
- The Bureau’s website
The Information, Policy & Public Affairs Division is also responsible for overseeing the agency’s public affairs, legislative affairs, policy development, and records management.
National Institute of Corrections
The National Institute of Corrections provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy development assistance to local, state, and federal prison systems. Associate Director Shaina Vanek heads it. The National Institute of Corrections also awards grants and assists other correctional agencies.
Office of General Counsel
The Central Office’s Office of General Counsel represents the Bureau of Prisons in various legal, policy, and management issues. Associate Director and General Counsel Ken Hyle oversee this office. The Office of General Counsel oversees six regional legal offices and 24 Consolidated Legal Centers.
This division defends against inmate litigation and providing legal counsel to regional offices and federal prisons. It is also general legal counsel for the FBOP in other matters. These include contractual negotiations, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and staffing issues.
Program Review Division
The Program Review Division is responsible for providing oversight for Bureau program performance. The division also monitors program compliance. Assistant Director Louis Milusnic oversees it.
This division conducts program monitoring, risk assessment, and program policy compliance reviews. The Program Review Division also houses the Bureau’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office. This FBOP DC department is responsible for processing EEOC complaints.
Reentry Services Division
The Central Office Reentry Services Division oversees the Bureau’s inmate reentry programs. Associate Director David Paul heads the division.
This division develops and manages programs designed to advance inmate reentry needs. This includes the management of halfway houses, which are also known as Residential Reentry Centers. The Reentry Services Division comprises six divisions:
- National Reentry Affairs
- Chaplaincy Services
- Residential Reentry Management
- Education Services
- Psychology Services
- Women and Special Populations
The Central Office campus is in Washington, DC. It is near the U.S. Capitol, Department of Justice headquarters, and the U.S. District Court. It oversees all six regional offices.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
Regional Director James Petrucci oversees the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. This office is responsible for prisons in the listed states:
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
North Central Regional Office
Regional Director Barb von Blanckensee leads the North Central Regional Office. This office oversees federal institutions in:
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Northeast Regional Office
Regional Director Nicole C. English directs the Northeast Regional Office. This office is responsible for federal prisons in each of the following listed states:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- Rhode Island
South Central Regional Office
Regional Director Juan Baltazar, Jr. heads the South Central Regional Office. This department oversees federal facilities:
- New Mexico
Southeast Regional Office
Regional Director J.A. Keller directs the Southeast Regional Office. This regional office oversees federal prisons in the following list of states:
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
Western Regional Office
Regional Director Melissa Rios manages the Western Regional Office. This office supervises federal facilities in:
Directions to Central Office
Central Office Information
For information about life in federal custody, buy Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For details about every facility within the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP DC), buy Christopher Zoukis’ Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions.