Stacia Hylton’s nomination to be director of the U.S. Marshals Service moved out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, despite opposition from unions and prisoner advocacy and human rights organizations.
Hylton has come under fire for a perceived conflict of interest involving her past consulting work for the private prison industry. The U.S. Marshals Service houses detainees in private prisons. Hylton has denied her work posed a conflict.
The advocacy organizations have questioned her formation of a consulting company, Hylton Kirk & Associates LLC, while she served as the Federal Detention Trustee. In that role, she oversaw private prison companies.
One of those companies, GEO Group, paid her firm $112,500 in consulting fees, the organizations opposed to Hylton said.
The American Federation of Government Employees, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Alliance for Justice and Public Citizen are among the organizations that wrote letters opposing her nomination to the Senate Judiciary Committe.
The Judiciary Committee approved Hylton by voice vote. Her nomination is now pending before the full Senate for a confirmation vote.
This story has been updated.