Senate Confirms U.S. Marshals Service Director
By Andrew Ramonas | December 23, 2021 12:51 pm

The Senate confirmed Stacia Hylton on Wednesday as the next head of the U.S. Marshals Service by unanimous consent.

Stacia Hylton (photo by Andrew Ramonas / Main Justice)

President Barack Obama nominated to Hylton for the post on Sept. 20. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed her by voice vote on Dec. 1.

Hylton had faced criticism from prison and human rights watchdog organizations that claimed her work earlier this year as a consultant in the prison industry would present a conflict of interest if she became the U.S. Marshals Service Director. The GEO Group Inc., which contracted with her Virginia-based firm, Hylton Kirk & Associates, paid her $112,500 in consulting fees.

She said at her November nomination hearing that her past work would not pose a conflict of interest. The White House said she wouldn’t need a waiver from the President’s ethics rules, which prohibit appointees for two years from handling issues with recent clients.

Hylton previously worked for the U.S. Marshals Service from 1980 to 2004. She held various leadership posts in the U.S. Marshals Service, including acting Deputy Director. Hylton also served as the Federal Detention Trustee from 2004 to 2010. Read more about Hylton here.

She will replace John Clark, whom President George W. Bush appointed in 2006.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement, “I am pleased that Stacia Hylton will return to the U.S. Marshals Service to build upon 29 years of distinguished service at the department.”

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  1. Sleuth says:

    Acting as its Trustee, Hylton had her OFDT award a $137 million, five-year renewable contract for GEO competitor CCA in Pahrump, Nevada, for which there was no demonstrable need.

    The requirements for National Environmental Policy Act compliance were skirted via an elaborate charade, so community opposition could be disregarded, a calculation of an actual need and exploration of less costly and disruptive alternatives was avoided, and the contractor could get that much guaranteed revenue without ever holding a single prisoner.

    Hyton’s office protected her by stonewalling Freedom of Information Act requests for a year, then contending it only possessed two e-mails concerning this massive giveaway. Ironically, FOIA documents obtained separately from the US Marshals Service confirmed both her involvement in the contract award and her attempt to make her role less visible.

    Her pre-retirement efforts to inoculate herself from oversight and to minimize scrutiny of her responsibility for this boondoggle were successful, it appears, as her nomination sailed through on unrecorded voice votes in Committee and on the Senate floor.

    One presumes the Democrats didn’t want to alienate the Obama administration, and the Republicans didn’t want to alienate an industry that was one of its major contributors.

    Had the national media put similar efforts into examining this nomination that matched the inquiry done by the Washington Times, this insupportable nomination and confirmation never would have passed.

    The fox is now truly back in the chicken coop.

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