Private Prison Company Hires Federal Prison Director

Mother Jones reports that Harley G. Lappin, the former director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is now executive vice president and chief corrections officer at the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) — the nation’s largest private, for-profit prison contractor. In his former position, Lappin oversaw government contracts with CCA worth tens of millions of dollars. CCA dedicates an estimated $1 million annually to lobbying on the federal level alone and reportedly exercised a considerable amount of influence over the passage of Arizona’s immigration law, SB-1070.