Time for a Really New Broom at the Federal Bureau of Prisons

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Harley Lappin's impending retirement as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) provides an opportunity to step back and consider how his successor should be chosen. Since 1964, BOP's director has been promoted from within the organization, and career management has been a source of institutional pride.

But the experience of the past two decades suggests it is time to try a different approach.

To begin with, there is the question of BOP's extraordinary growth. For . . .

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