There are two revolving doors in every prison system. One is for the inmates, many of whom fail on parole and keep coming back. The other is reserved for top administrators who, even amid scandal, move easily from high-powered positions of public trust to high-paid jobs in the private prison industry.
The latest prisoncrat to ride the gravy train to the private sector is Harley Lappin, who recently retired as director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Last week, the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest of the for-profit prison companies, announced that Lappin is now the company’s executive vice president and “chief corrections officer.”