Dora Schriro, the corrections expert appointed a month ago to direct an overhaul of the nation's troubled immigration detention system, is leaving the Obama administration to be commissioner of correction for New York City, the New York Times reports. Her main reason for the job shift was the needs of a sick family member in New York, not any policy disagreements with the administration. Immigrant advocates expressed concern that the ambitious overhaul announced by the administration last month would be delayed, if not derailed, by her loss.
The Homeland Security Department vowed to conduct an immediate national search to replace Schriro as director of the new Office of Detention Policy and Planning. Schriro is a former corrections director in Missouri and Arizona. The New York City jail complex, much of it on Rikers Island, has been plagued by recent scandals, including the fatal beating of a prisoner, accusations that correction officers had turned discipline over to gang members, and the revelation that a city chaplain had arranged a lavish bar mitzvah party in jail for the son of a prisoner. Commissioner Martin Horn retired on July 31.