The Guild is one of 9 organizations who sent a letter to Patrick Leahy and Jeff Sessions opposing the nomination of Stacia Hylton for head of the U.S. Marshals Service on the grounds that she has a conflict of interest. As Federal Detention Trustee from 2004 to 2010 she developed close relationships with private prison companies contracting with the government to house prisoners, including detainees for the U.S. Marshals Service; she received large consulting fees from one of those companies.
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Hylton’s nomination is scheduled for a hearing on November 17!
Please contact the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (listed below) to express opposition to the Hylton nomination. Note that the first two offices listed are for the Committee’s leadership. If any of the Committee members represent your state, make sure to mention that when you call!
You can mention her conflict of interest due to accepting consulting fees from GEO Group, or cite other information available here. Please be polite and respectful when you call, and ask to speak with the Senator’s judiciary staff.
Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
152 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI)
330 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
104 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI)
506 Hart Senate Office Building
(202) 224-2725 fax
Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
730 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA)
711 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
313 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)
172 Russell Senate Office Building
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
509 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
502 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
302 Hart Senate Office Building
Senator Ted Kaufman (D-DE)
383 Russell Senate Office Building
Senator Al Franken (D-MN)
320 Hart Senate Office Building
While U.S. Federal Detention Trustee, Hylton awarded several multi-million dollar contracts to the GEO Group, the country's second largest private jailer. She also awarded Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the largest U.S. private prison company, an $80 million contract for a 1,000+ bed prison in Nevada. When she retired as Trustee earlier this year, the President of CCA attended her retirement party.
Immediately after retiring, Hylton began earning six-figures consulting for GEO; and now she wants back in the administration, where she will be in a position to award her friends in the private prison industry with more fat contracts for building more beds that would allow our incarceration rate to grow even more.
"TV: Comedy dos and don'ts" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
Are there characters being written here because, on the page, there's no evidence that they are. Character traits shift from episode to episode. Garcia's very lucky to have a talented cast who can make this believable and flesh out stick figures.
And if it were a single-season show, we'd be less concerned about how all this turns out. But Garcia's record demonstrates that he gets worse with each season. If that turns out to still be the case, not only will the cast be unable to save him but some of the Water Cooler Set might have to notice what they've ignored: Just how hateful this show is written.
Do you see the working poor as idiots? That's how Greg saw them in My Name Is Earl and how he sees them in Raising Hope. The pilot is the worst episode of the series thus far because the actors were still feeling their way around and were too dependent upon the script which really drove home the ha-ha-these-people-are-stupid-and-poor.
It's rather amazing that no one wants to notice that aspect of the show and how Garcia's stil sneering and looking down at the characters. Not only does spoofing really not work for a longtime audience, there's also the reality that if Garcia finds these characters something to sneer at, he might try remembering that he's the one who created them.
Fox might try remembering Garcia's record and, at the first sign of a significant drop in viewers, muscle Garcia out of the way and bring on a real writer. Right now the actors are able to rise above the 'jokes' about how lazy the poor are but, as far as we can tell, the most indolent person -- and the real unskilled worker -- is Greg Garcia.
I really think they nailed Raising Hope and agree that Martha Plimpton makes the show.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):