BOP Finally Gets New Director

Colette Peters, the new director of the BOP

The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a new leader, and it`s someone who has a long history of being pro-prisoner. Will she be able to hold up under the deeply corrupt BOP? I hope so.

Her name is Colette S. Peters, and she`s been the director of the Oregon Dept. of Corrections since 2012. She`s got 30 years of experience in the public safety arena, becoming the first woman to head the ODOC after stints leading other departments within the ODOC.

Atty General Merrick Garland, in a statement, said that Director Peters has a history of transforming prison environments to be more humane and effective. Most recently she ended the practice of ODOC staff calling prisoners “inmate.” She said it was demeaning and hindered their successful re-entry into society after prison.

She begins her new role as BOP Director on August 2, 2022.

Dale Chappell is the author of hundreds of published articles on the federal criminal justice system, and the Insider`s Guide series of federal post-conviction books. He is a federal litigation consultant with the Zoukis Consulting Group. Follow his blog at and on Twitter at @zenlawguy.

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