Director of federal prisons resigns after clashes with Kushner, Sessions: report

Director of federal prisons resigns after clashes with Kushner, Sessions: report
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The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons reportedly resigned last week amid tensions with senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump officials mull plan to divert billions more to border wall: report California trip shows Trump doesn't always hate the media Trump's 'soldier of fortune' foreign policy MORE and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' MORE.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Mark Inch submitted his resignation while complaining that Kushner and Sessions had cut him out of major decisions and flouted “departmental norms.”

Sessions hired Inch last August, praising the retired Army major general’s qualifications for the role. 

However, Inch allegedly struggled to navigate his position as Kushner and Sessions each pushed for their preferred reforms to the prison system.

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Inch was reportedly left out of budget decisions and was in the dark on discussions about the prison reform bill that passed the House this week.

In addition, Inch was reportedly rebuffed by Sessions when he attempted to hire his preferred personnel for his team.

Prison reform has been one of several initiatives that Kushner has added to his portfolio of responsibilities.

The White House hosted a summit last Friday on the issue where President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE said he would sign a prison-reform bill if it passed Congress.

The House-passed legislation, which is supported by the administration but faces an uncertain future in the Senate, would allow prisoners to earn time credits for completing programs, and then use those credits to serve the remaining days of their sentences in a halfway house or home confinement.

The bill also requires inmates to be housed within 500 miles of their families when possible and prohibits the shackling of female inmates while they are pregnant, giving birth or in postpartum recovery.