Janis Karpinski is a career officer in the US Army Reserve, now retired. She is notable for having commanded the forces that operated Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq in 2003 and 2004, at the time of the scandal related to torture and prisoner abuse. She commanded three prisons in Iraq and the forces that ran them.
Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and
secondary education from Kean College, a Master of Arts degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in strategic studies from the U.S Army War College.