Below we provide a 2009 list of registered lobbyists for the private prisons prison industry, as reported to the Texas Ethics Commission. In coming weeks, we will run profiles of these individuals to give readers a better sense of who is walking the halls of the Texas legislature in support of private prisons.
|Filer ID||Lobbyist Name||Company||Compensation|
|00050764||Aguirre, Lionel "Leo"||The GEO Group Inc.||$200,000 - $249,999.99|
|00055941||Gibson, Stephanie||The GEO Group Inc.||Less Than $10,000.00|
|00033567||Miller, William J.||The GEO Group Inc.||$25,000 - $49.999.99|
|00056112||Wittenburg, Michelle||The GEO Group Inc.||$10,000 - $24,999.99|
|00042780||Keel, Lara Laneri||Corrections Corporation of America||$25,000 - $49.999.99|
|00022836||Shanblum, Laurie||Corrections Corporation of America||$ 0.00|
|00020586||Place, Allen||Management & Training Corp.||$25,000 - $49.999.99|
|00013441||Fisher, Walter||Avalon Correctional Services Inc.||$50,000 - $99,999.99|
We previously posted that state legislators introduced companion bills to drastically alter state prison labor programs. Our pal Scott at Grits for Breakfast, provides an interesting take on this legislation which will be heard in the House Corrections Committee on Thursday morning.
If the comments on the Grits blog are any indication, tomorrow's hearing might be interesting. The details for the public hearing are:
TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Thursday, March 26,
And folks who can't make it to the dome, can watch the hearing online at the Texas Legislature Website. We will be sure to update y'all after the hearing takes place.
During the last week to file new bills, state legislators introduced measures that impact private prisons and jails in the state of Texas.
Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), filed HB 1714 that prohibits counties from contracting with private prisons. Dutton's bill comes in the wake of a number of deaths and scandals that plagued county managed private facilities in recent years. Several suicides and in-custody deaths among prisoners from Idaho in a GEO managed facility led to the cancellation of local contracts.
We have published posts regurlarly on this blog regarding the problems that face privately run county jails that contract with other states. Bob wrote earlier this year that early termination for private jail contracts resulted in counties holding debt they could no longer handle. Not good policy in midst of a deep recession.
Dutton's legislation is certainly timely. We will keep you posted as the bill advances through the 81st legislature.