Welcome to The Hump Day Hall of Shame: Every Wednesday we highlight the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.
Today's Humpday Hall of Shame inductee is former Democratic Arizona Senator Dennis DeConcini. DeConcini, who served in the Senate from 1977 until 1995, sits on the board of Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
DeConcini's membership on the CCA board makes him complicit in the anti-immigrant actions of CCA. See what the Fuerza Coalition has to say after the jump.
"On Tuesday, former Senator Dennis DeConcini will testify against SB1070 before the US Senate. But DeConcini is on the Board of Directors for Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest private prison corporation, which manages immigrant detention centers across the US, including several here in Arizona.
CCA and other private prison corporations stand to profit handsomely if SB1070 is allowed to become law. And DeConcini would share in that prosperity—his shares in CCA are currently worth $267,000. ...
Tell DeConcini he can’t wag his finger at SB1070 while his other hand holds hundreds of thousands of dollars from the criminalization of immigrants. It’s time for him to choose a side: Community or Corporation?"
While we're pleased that DeConcini plans to testify against SB1070, he seems to be pandering to the immigrant community while profiting from their pain.
We'll keep you posted on DeConcini's reaction to calls that he step away from CCA's board.