Chaffetz, Jeffries Introduce Bill Renaming Bureau of Prisons

Aug 2, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressmen Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2984, the Bureau of Corrections Renaming Act of 2013. This bipartisan legislation would simply rename the “Bureau of Prisons” – under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice – the “Bureau of Corrections.”

“Ninety-five percent of all federal prisoners will eventually be released. This small change will help the Bureau remember that its mission is not just to house people, but also to rehabilitate prisoners such that they are productive members of society when released. Forty-eight states throughout the country use the word ‘corrections’ in describing their prisons. It’s high time the federal government does the same,” said Chaffetz. 

"Genuine reformation of incarcerated individuals starts within the institution in which they are held. The renaming of the Bureau of Prisons will be an important step in the right direction toward fundamentally changing our approach to rehabilitation and successful re-entry into society," said Jeffries.