Welcome to The Hump Day Hall of Shame – every Wednesday we’ll be highlighting the private prison industry’s influence on public policy through campaign contributions, lobbying, and the revolving door of public and private corrections.
Today's inductee is Harley Lappin, the former chief of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) who "retired" this spring after a DUI arrest only to become the Cheif Correctional Officer" for private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America. Here's how Walter Pavlo described the relationship in a recent Forbes Magazine
"On May 25, 2005, while Lappin was Director, the BOP awarded a $129 million contract to Corrections Corp. for management of a low-security federal factility in Youngstown, OH. In April 2009, again while Lappin was Director, the BOP awarded Corrections Corp a contract to house criminal alien offenders at its facility in Adams County, Mississippi. In fact, these are just a few of the awarded contracts to Corrections Corp. from federal agencies, including the BOP. According to 10-K (SEC Annual Filing for 2010), the federal government accounts for 43% of the total revenue of the company.
... My hope is that Lappin will be the best Chief Corrections Officer that he can be without having to call in any favors from his old friends he made at the BOP. Like I said, I’m HOPING." Read more about Humpday Hall of Shame: CCA's Harley Lappin