Rudy’s firm locks up biz of jail lobby

New York Daily News - - HORRORS AND HEALING - BY GREG B. SMITH

AS RUDY GI­U­LIANI rails against Black Lives Mat­ter, his law firm reaps tens of thou­sands of dol­lars lob­by­ing Congress for the big­gest oper­a­tor of pri­vate pris­ons in Amer­ica.

In Jan­uary, the for­mer lawand-or­der mayor left his long­time firm, Gi­u­liani & Bracewell, and jumped to Green­berg Trau­rig, a ma­jor lob­by­ist law firm with dozens of deep pocket clients. One client is a sub­sidiary of the Cor­rec­tions Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­ica, a Nashville-based for­profit firm that runs or man­ages 77 pris­ons hous­ing 88,500 in­mates across the U.S.

Gi­u­liani’s law firm is cur­rently fight­ing a law that would bar the gov­ern­ment from hir­ing pri­vate con­trac­tors like CCA to run pris­ons.

The com­pany has been re­peat­edly crit­i­cized for putting profit ahead of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion by cut­ting costs and hid­ing in­for­ma­tion on how it op­er­ates. It took in $1.8 bil­lion in rev­enue last year.

Dis­clo­sure forms show CCA has spent more than $11 mil­lion on lob­by­ists over the last decade to press Congress and the ex­ec­u­tive branch on a va­ri­ety of pet is­sues. From 2013 through March, a sub­sidiary, CCA of Ten­nessee LLC, has paid Green­berg Trau­rig $350,000 to “mon­i­tor is­sues per­tain­ing to the con­struc­tion and man­age­ment of pri­vately op­er­ated pris­ons and de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties.”

Gi­u­liani joined the firm Jan. 19 as a se­nior ad­viser to the ex­ec­u­tive chair­man and as chair­man of the firm’s cy­ber­se­cu­rity, pri­vacy and cri­sis man­age­ment prac­tice.

In the first quar­ter, CCA paid the for­mer mayor’s firm $20,000. Records for the sec­ond quar­ter have yet to be filed.

The firm is now in­volved in try­ing to kill a bill called the Jus­tice Is Not for Sale Act, said CCA spokesman Jonathan Burns.

The bill, in­tro­duced last fall in the Se­nate by Bernie San­ders, would, among other things ban city, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments from hir­ing pri­vate con­trac­tors to run pris­ons. Its House equiv­a­lent has 30 co-spon­sors.

Burns said Green­berg Trau­rig is work­ing “to help ed­u­cate of­fi­cials on the mean­ing­ful so­lu­tions we pro­vide to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment, as well as the po­ten­tial im­pact that the bill would have on the gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to safely and ef­fec­tively house in­mates.”

CCA, he added, “has a strict, long­stand­ing, zero-tol­er­ance pol­icy not to lobby for or against — or take any po­si­tion on — poli­cies or leg­is­la­tion that would de­ter­mine the ba­sis for or du­ra­tion of an in­di­vid­ual's in­car­cer­a­tion or de­ten­tion.”

A Green­berg Trau­rig spokesman re­ferred ques­tions about its lob­by­ing ef­forts to its client.

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