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I see that Oregon's prison chief, Colette Peters, is leaving to become the national prison chief. I guess it's a big promotion, but neither job sounds like there's any fun involved whatsoever.

It's the second time in a couple of months that the federal prison bureaucracy has popped up in job move news here. The new nominee to be the U.S. attorney for Oregon, Natalie Wight, started her legal career working for the federal prison bureau.

Peters will have her hands full in her new gig. The federal pens have lately been exposed as some pretty bad places. But she lasted 10 years at the helm in Salem, and managed to not get herself mysteriously stabbed to death in the parking lot, so maybe she's up to the task.