About Michael Quinlan
J. Michael Quinlan is director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, overseeing the confinement of 44,000 offenders who have been committed to the custody of the Attorney General. A career public administrator in the Department of Justice, he is the fifth director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons since it was established in 1930. He began his career with the Bureau as an attorney in the Central Office and served as executive assistant to the warden at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. He is currently co-vice chairman of the Committee on Prisons and Jail Problems for the American Bar Association.