Central Office serves as the headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Director Michael Carvajal oversees and manages the federal prison system, with Gene Beasley serving as the current Deputy Director and Zachary J. Kelton the current 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
- Additional Central Office Information
Central Office Address & Contact Information
Central Office General Mailing Address
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
BOP Website: https://www.bop.gov/locations/central_office/
Central Office Staff Mailing Address
Use this address when sending correspondence and parcels to staff:
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Central Office Divisions
Central Office is where national programs are developed. Functional support is provided by the following departments.
The Administrative Division oversees the Bureau’s financial and facility management. Assistant Director Hugh J. Hurwitz currently leads this division. On the financial side, the Administrative Division oversees the budget, finance, procurement, property, and the Inmate Trust Fund Program. On the management side, the Administrative Division oversees facility programs, design, renovation, and maintenance.
Correctional Program Division
The Central Office Correctional Programs Division develops activities and programs for inmates designed to reduce inmate idleness, classify inmates, and develop skills that will help inmates successfully reenter society following their release from custody. It is overseen by Assistant Director Andre Matevousian. The Correctional Programs Division is also responsible for national policy direction and facility operational oversight, including inmate classification, sentence computation, designation, transfer, records, and other inmate custody needs. The division also coordinates with the Bureau’s Victim and Witness Notification Program.
Health Services Division
The Health Services Division is responsible for medical, dental, and psychiatric services provided to federal prisoners. It is overseen by Assistant Director Michael Smith. 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 is responsible for federal prison staffing matters. It is overseen by Associate Director L. Christina Griffith. 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, known by the trade name UNICOR, is the Bureau’s inmate labor program which contracts with outside providers. It is overseen by Assistant Director Patrick T. O’Connor. 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-contracted work whereas federal inmates largely work in factory settings and provide services to government agencies and private companies at reduced rates due to federal prisoners being able to be paid far below minimum wage.
Information, Policy & Public Affairs Division
The Central Office Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division is responsible for the Bureau’s information technology operations. Assistant Director Sonya Thompson heads this division. The Information, Policy and Public Affairs Division is also responsible for developing and maintaining IT systems, information security, correctional security technology, and the Bureau’s website. The 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. It is headed by Associate Director Shaina Vanek. The National Institute of Corrections also awards grants and provides expertise to all levels of correctional agencies.
Office of General Counsel
The Central Office Office of General Counsel represents the Bureau of Prisons in various legal, policy, and management issues. It is overseen by Associate Director and General Counsel Ken Hyle. The Office of General Counsel oversees six regional legal offices and 24 Consolidated Legal Centers. This division is primarily concerned with defending inmate litigation and providing legal counsel to each regional office and every federal prison. The division also acts as the general legal counsel for the Bureau of Prisons in various other matters, such as contractual matters, Freedom of Information Act requests, and personnel issues.
Program Review Division
The Program Review Division is responsible for providing oversight for Bureau program performance and compliance. Assistant Director Louis Milusnic oversees it. This division is responsible for program monitoring, risk assessment, and program policy compliance. The Program Review Division also houses the Bureau’s Equal Employment Opportunity Office, which is responsible for processing EEOC complaints.
Reentry Services Division
The Central Office Reentry Services Division is responsible for overseeing the Bureau’s inmate reentry programs. Associate Director David Paul oversees the division. The Reentry Services Division comprises six divisions: National Reentry Affairs, Chaplaincy Services, Residential Reentry Management, Education Services, Psychology Services, and Women and Special Populations. This division aims to develop and oversee programs designed to assist inmates with their reentry needs.
The Central Office campus is located in Washington, DC near the U.S. Capitol, federal courts, and the Department of Justice headquarters. The Central Office oversees the operations of all six regional offices.
Mid-Atlantic Regional Office
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Office oversees federal prisons in Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Virginia. Regional Director James Petrucci oversees it.
North Central Regional Office
The North Central Regional Office oversees federal prisons in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It is overseen by Regional Director Barb von Blanckensee.
Northeast Regional Office
The Northeast Regional Office oversees federal prisons in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Regional Director Nicole C. English oversees it.
South Central Regional Office
The South Central Regional Office oversees federal prisons in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas. It is overseen by Regional Director Juan Baltazar, Jr.
Southeast Regional Office
The Southeast Regional Office oversees federal prisons in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina. Regional Director J.A. Keller oversees it.
Western Regional Office
The Western Regional Office oversees federal prisons in Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and Utah. It is overseen by Regional Director Melissa Rios.
Directions to Central Office
Additional Central Office Information
For detailed information about life in federal prison, pick up a copy of Christopher Zoukis’ Federal Prison Handbook: The Definitive Guide to Surviving the Federal Bureau of Prisons. And for comprehensive information about every facility within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, buy Christopher Zoukis’ Directory of Federal Prisons: The Unofficial Guide to Bureau of Prisons Institutions.