Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons and Inmate Reentry

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Hearing Date: December 13, 2017 10:00 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine Bureau of Prisons (BOP) policies related to BOP’s Release Preparation Program and use of Residential Reentry Centers, including reviews made by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (DOJ OIG) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 
  • To discuss policy related to “The Fair Chance Act.”


  • On June 28, 2017, the Committee held a hearing on efforts to reduce recidivism, to rehabilitate offenders, and to facilitate a successful transition from prison to community. 
  • In 2016, the DOJ OIG released reports regarding reentry policies and procedures that made a number of recommendations to improve the agency’s Residential Reentry Centers, home confinement, and release preparation programs. 
  • GAO also issued a report that BOP could better track data and information in order to measure the effects of placing inmates in RRCs or home confinement has on recidivism rates.
  • The Fair Chance Act, introduced by Ranking Member Cummings, requires that Office of Personnel Management (OPM) run a criminal record check only after a federal agency extends a conditional offer of employment. 

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
The Honorable Mark S. Inch Director Federal Bureau of Prisons Document
The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz Inspector General U.S. Department of Justice Document
Ms. Diana Maurer Director, Homeland Security and Justice U.S. Government Accountability Office Document
Ms. Jennifer Doleac Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics Director, Justice Tech Lab University of Virginia Document
Cynthia W. Roseberry Executive Director Council for Court Excellence Document
Glenn E. Martin President and Founder JustLeadershipUSA Document