There’s one issue, perhaps the only one, that Republicans and Democrats seem to agree on: reducing the population of the nation’s overcrowded and expensive prisons, partly through reducing sentences for low-level and nonviolent offenders.

One person who would be expected to be at the table for high-level strategizing on the issue is the chairman of the U.S. Parole Commission, former D.C. police chief Isaac Fulwood Jr. But Fulwood, who’s leaving the post this week after nearly six years as chairman, has yet to meet President Obama or have a one-on-one meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder Jr., whose centerpiece initiative has been “Smart on Crime” prison reform.  (Oh, yes, the Parole Commission is part of the Justice Department.)

“It is with bittersweet sorrow that I have decided to retire,” Fulwood wrote in his Jan. 8 retirement letter to Obama. “I have made this decision based on personal health challenges and the fact that the department has not been as supportive over the years as they should have been,” citing staffing, funding and attention to prison reform issues.

Back in 2013, well before Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island and other troubling law enforcement incidents, Fulwood wrote to Obama suggesting that the Justice Department “lead a dialogue with law enforcement about racial profiling,” an issue he has long been concerned with during his decades of work in law enforcement. He got no response, we wrote at the time.  Not even a Robo-signed, “Thanks for your letter.”

In an interview, Fulwood said that the exploding prison population is “what everyone is talking about, and we need to make sure that the parole commission is doing what Holder and Obama want us to do. But nobody talks to us, so we don’t know.”

The lack of communication even extended to a small personal request Fulwood made on Dec. 5 “to bring my family to the White House to get a photo with the president.” He has still not heard back.

Well, he’s not leaving till Friday.