Pennsylvania Governor Ridge Congratulates Sarah Hart, Picked by President Bush to Head National Institute of Justice

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today issued the following statement congratulating Sarah Hart, chief counsel
 for the Department of Corrections, on her selection by President Bush to be
 director of the National Institute of Justice:
 
     "President Bush has made an excellent choice in Sarah Hart to lead the
 National Institute of Justice.  Sarah has compiled an impressive record of
 accomplishment during her tenure with the Department of Corrections.
     "Sarah's efforts have helped to bring sweeping change to the way
 corrections officials manage the state's prison system.  Her work was critical
 to increasing inmate restitution to crime victims.  And her expertise in
 federal prison litigation has dramatically reduced inmate lawsuits in
 Pennsylvania and across the nation -- earning her the respect of corrections
 officials throughout the country.
     "On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I congratulate Sarah on her new
 assignment.  Her talents will be missed here, but it's an honor that President
 Bush has recognized the abilities of yet another Pennsylvanian, and asked her
 to work with him to improve the lives of all Americans."
     The National Institute of Justice is the research and development agency
 of the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only federal agency solely
 dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.
     Hart has served as chief counsel for the Department of Corrections since
 1995.  Previously, she served for 16 years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia
 District Attorney's Office, where she acted as lead counsel for nine years in
 federal litigation involving the Philadelphia prison system.
     Hart, the former vice chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the American
 Correctional Association, currently serves on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's
 Appellate Procedural Rules Committee.
     She also has provided training on corrections legal issues to the National
 Institute of Corrections, the National Association of Attorneys General, the
 American Correctional Association and the Association of State Corrections
 Administrators.
     Hart lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Henry.  They have four
 children.
 
     CONTACT:  Kevin Shivers, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office
 of the Governor, 717-783-1116.
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge
 today issued the following statement congratulating Sarah Hart, chief counsel
 for the Department of Corrections, on her selection by President Bush to be
 director of the National Institute of Justice:
 
     "President Bush has made an excellent choice in Sarah Hart to lead the
 National Institute of Justice.  Sarah has compiled an impressive record of
 accomplishment during her tenure with the Department of Corrections.
     "Sarah's efforts have helped to bring sweeping change to the way
 corrections officials manage the state's prison system.  Her work was critical
 to increasing inmate restitution to crime victims.  And her expertise in
 federal prison litigation has dramatically reduced inmate lawsuits in
 Pennsylvania and across the nation -- earning her the respect of corrections
 officials throughout the country.
     "On behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I congratulate Sarah on her new
 assignment.  Her talents will be missed here, but it's an honor that President
 Bush has recognized the abilities of yet another Pennsylvanian, and asked her
 to work with him to improve the lives of all Americans."
     The National Institute of Justice is the research and development agency
 of the U.S. Department of Justice and is the only federal agency solely
 dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues.
     Hart has served as chief counsel for the Department of Corrections since
 1995.  Previously, she served for 16 years as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia
 District Attorney's Office, where she acted as lead counsel for nine years in
 federal litigation involving the Philadelphia prison system.
     Hart, the former vice chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the American
 Correctional Association, currently serves on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's
 Appellate Procedural Rules Committee.
     She also has provided training on corrections legal issues to the National
 Institute of Corrections, the National Association of Attorneys General, the
 American Correctional Association and the Association of State Corrections
 Administrators.
     Hart lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Henry.  They have four
 children.
 
     CONTACT:  Kevin Shivers, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office
 of the Governor, 717-783-1116.
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Office of the Governor