Samuels, appointed by President Obama in late 2011 following the embarrassing drunk-driving arrest of former BOP Director Harley Lappin, told lawmakers that his agency was forced to contend with a large inmate population on limited resources.
Which sounds perfectly reasonable. But Samuels also claimed that federal inmates are not placed in solitary confinement—a.k.a. "the hole"—as a matter of policy.
"We do not practice solitary confinement," Samuels said.