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Prison Legal News survey examines prison phone contracts, kickbacks

Nationwide PLN Survey Examines Prison Phone Contracts, Kickbacks by John E. Dannenberg Originally published in Prison Legal News, April, 2011: https://www.prisonlegalnews.org/23083_displayArticle.aspx Download PDF (contains PLN Associate Editor Alex Friedmann comment to FCC on ‘Wright Petition’). An exhaustive analysis of prison … Continue reading

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New U.S. Marshals Director Confirmed Despite Conflict of Interest with Private Prison Companies

On December 21, 2010, just days before recessing for the holidays, the U.S. Senate confirmed Stacia Hylton as director of the U.S. Marshals Service in spite of opposition by a coalition of human rights, citizens’ advocacy and criminal justice-related organizations that argued she had a conflict of interest based on her close connections with private prison firms.

Hylton, a former Acting Deputy Director of the U.S. Marshals with a lengthy career in law enforcement, was employed from June 2004 to February 2010 as the Federal Detention Trustee. Following her retirement she was nominated by President Obama to head the Marshals Service, which handles security for federal courthouses, apprehends federal fugitives and oversees the detention of federal prisoners awaiting trial or immigration proceedings.

On October 25, 2010, after retiring as Federal Detention Trustee, Hylton quickly accepted a consulting job with GEO Group through her Virginia-based company, Hylton Kirk & Associates LLC, of which she is the president and sole owner. In her financial disclosure statements, Hylton reported income of $112,500 for “consulting services for detention matters, federal relations, and acquisitions and mergers.” GEO Group was the only company listed in her disclosure statements in connection with such consulting services. Continue reading

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