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Marshals Service contracts generate an important source of revenue for the GEO Group, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

Among the groups supporting Ms. Hylton’s nomination are the 26,000-member Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which cited her “demonstrated leadership capabilities” in a letter to the Judiciary Committee. The National Sheriffs’ Association also backed the nomination, citing Ms. Hylton’s three decades in law enforcement and her “distinguished and extensive career.”

“Serving as both a deputy U.S. marshal and an inspector within the Witness Security Program, this critical experience expands upon Ms. Hylton’s thorough and well-rounded knowledge of the agency, enabling her to effectively and successfully lead the U.S. Marshals Service,” the sheriffs’ group wrote in a letter to the Senate.