The Senate last week confirmed Stacia Hylton, a former consultant for the GEO Group, to head the U.S. Marshals Service, a government agency with multiple contracts with the company (TPM Muckracker
, "Senate Confirms U.S. Marshals Director With Private Prison Ties,' December 24th).
Critics said that Hylton, was too cozy with private prison companies that work with the U.S. Marshals Service in part because she worked as a consultant for the GEO Group, the second largest private prison company in the U.S. But Hylton defended her work during her hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, stating that she followed all ethics requirements and regulations before she left federal service in early 2010.
A coaltion of groups, including Private Corrections Working Group, Detention Watch Network, The Alliance for Justice, Human Rights Defense Center, Private Corrections Working Group, Grassroots Leadership, National Lawyers Guild, International CURE, Detention Watch Network and Justice Policy Institute had opposed Hylton's nomination based on her ties to GEO. According to the coalition's press release: