WASHINGTON After more than 25 years of devoted service,
Director Harley G. Lappin has decided to retire from the Bureau of Prisons
effective May 7, 2011. During his eight years as director of the Bureau of
Prisons, Mr. Lappin has played an important role in supporting the Department of
Justice efforts to manage federal prisons that are safe and secure and provide
prisoners with a range of programs to enable them to develop the skills needed
for reentry into society.
Additionally, he has supported the department's
initiatives involving immigration, drug and weapons prosecutions, and the
nation's war on terror. Despite significant budget challenges during Director
Lappins tenure, the bureau has expanded and improved program offerings for
inmates that enhance public safety. He championed the Inmate Skills Development
Initiative, which substantially enhanced the bureaus efforts to effectively
prepare inmates for a successful, crime-free return to the community at the
completion of their sentences.
Director Lappin stated, "The highlight of each assignment
during my bureau career was the people I worked with each and every day. They
are the backbone of this agency. They are the reason for our success. I thank
each and every one of them for their support and leadership."