Management and Training Corporation

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Management & Training Corporation or MTC is a Centerville, Utah-based contractor that manages private prisons and provides education and vocational training. MTC is the largest operator of the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps program in the country. MTC operates or partners in operating 22 Job Corps centers across the country. MTC also operates 25 correctional facilities in eight states.[1]

MTC is made up of four divisions: Education & Training, Corrections, MTC Medical, Economic & Social Development.

Education & Training[edit]

As the nation's largest Job Corps operator, MTC contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor in operating or partnering in operating centers in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Hawaii, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.[1]

Corrections[edit]

MTC is one of the world's largest operators of correctional facilities with a capacity to serve more than 31,000 offenders. MTC's philosophy is 'rehabilitation through education' and offers inmates a wide variety of programming, including GED, adult basic education, substance abuse, life skills, and vocational training.[1] Twelve MTC correctional facilities have earned American Correctional Association accreditation ACA, meaning the facilities exceed national standards and implement state-of-the-art safety and security policies and procedures. Ten MTC correctional facilities exceed Correctional Education Association CEA, standards for educational programming. Various MTC facilities are also accredited by the Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Facility organization, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and The Joint Commission.[1]

MTC Medical[edit]

MTC Medical provides medical and dental care to prisoners at 14 facilities:[1]

Economic & Social Development[edit]

MTC created its Economic & Social Development division in 2004. MTC has provided technical assistance in multiple locations around the world. Work has included vocational assessments, small and medium enterprise development, training for marginalized populations including women and youth, executive training, national skill set development, technical vocational education and training system design and implementation, among many others. Projects have included work in China, Haiti, Iraq, Palestine, South Sudan, Mongolia, Jordan, and Tunisia.[1]

Background[edit]

MTC was founded in 1981 by Robert L. Marquardt, when Morton Thiokol decided to divest its Job Corps training division. Marquardt, who worked for Morton, and his partners, borrowed $3.5 million to purchase the spin-off.

Controversies[edit]

On October 25, 2003, a 90-minute prison riot broke out at MTC's low-security Eagle Mountain Community Correctional Facility in Eagle Mountain, California Some 150 prisoners attacked each other with meat cleavers, broom handles, rocks, pipes, crutches and fire extinguishers. The privately employed guards retreated, according to the protocol, while state correctional officers were called in from other nearby state facilities.[2] Two inmates were stabbed to death, seven others were critically injured, and dozens more hurt. Eight inmates were ultimately charged with murder.[3] The facility was closed by the end of the year.

In November 2007, four MTC employees at the Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas were charged in relation to their use of company vehicles to smuggle illegal immigrants through checkpoints. They were allegedly caught smuggling 28 illegal immigrants through the U.S. Border Patrol's Sarita checkpoint, situated approximately 100 miles north of Brownsville. The immigrants were from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Two of the men charged were wearing their uniforms and driving a company van, apparently overloaded with the immigrants.[4]

On 30 July 2010, three violent criminals escaped from the Arizona State Prison – Kingman after MTC workers ignored alarms indicating they had cut through the fence with tools tossed to them by a getaway car driver.[5] Two MTC employees resigned in the wake of the escape, a unit warden and a unit security chief.[6] On September 20, the Arizona Department of Corrections released a report which stated that the escape went undetected for an unknown period of time because the security system between the perimeter fences, which should have detected the prisoners passing through, had been incorrectly installed and had not worked properly for the past two and a half years.[7] Subsequently, corrections officials stopped sending new inmates to the facility, which they stated was "dysfunctional." MTC threatened to sue the state for breach of contract, which guaranteed the facility 97% occupancy, and the loss of $10 million in revenue from empty beds. The state renegotiated the contract and paid MTC $3 million.[8]

On June 22, 2011, MTC Security Officer Edwin Rodriguez at the Willacy facility was arrested, and subsequently charged with the sexual abuse of a female detainee.[9][10][11][12][13][14]

In 2013, the ACLU filed a lawsuit against the East Mississippi Correctional Facility (EMCF), operated by the MTC, which they described as an "extremely dangerous facility" where "basic human rights are violated daily." The lawsuit claims that rats crawl over prisoners in their beds so often that sometimes they are captured, put on leashes and sold as pets to seriously mentally ill inmates.[15]

In July 2014, a portion of an internal ceiling collapsed in a dayroom at the Diboll Correctional Center in Texas. A number of inmates were taken to the hospital. One was listed as being in critical condition.[16]

In November 2014, Christopher Epps, the state corrections commissioner in Mississippi, was arraigned on charges of organizing a massive corruption scheme in which he received $900,000 in bribes in exchange for lucrative contracts to private prison firms with ties to another former state official, including MTC. According to the indictment, the bribes occurred when the MTC-operated EMCF was descending into "hellish chaos" with gang violence routine, medical care substandard and corruption rampant among corrections officers.[17]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f [1], Management & Training Corporation
  2. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2003/oct/29/local/me-riot29
  3. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2004/mar/04/local/me-riot4
  4. ^ "Detention center workers charged in scheme to smuggle immigrants (Houston Chronicle)". Detention Watch Network. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  5. ^ Arizona Prison Break, by Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune August 12, 2010
  6. ^ "2 private prison officials resign after Arizona inmates escape". Kingman, AZ: Columbus Dispatch. August 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Arizona releases report on prison escapes". United Press International. September 21, 2010. 
  8. ^ Chris Kirkham (19 September 2013). Prison Quotas Push Lawmakers To Fill Beds, Derail Reform. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Texas Contract Security Officer Charged with Sexual Abuse". Justice.gov. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Texas immigrant detention center guard charged | texas, guard, immigrant". Brownsville Herald. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  11. ^ "Former detention center guard pleads not guilty to abusing immigrant | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal". Lubbock Online. 2011-06-27. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  12. ^ "Former jailer charged with having sex with inmate in Willacy County : News". ValleyCentral.com. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  13. ^ "A south Texas contract security guard is charged with sexual abuse". Ice.gov. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  14. ^ "Texas immigrant detention center guard charged". Allvoices.com. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  15. ^ Filipovic, Jill (2013). "America's private prison system is a national disgrace." The Guardian. Retrieved 13 June 2013.
  16. ^ Suspended ceiling collapses at private prison in Diboll; inmates being transported, by Rhonda Oaks and Kelsey Samuels, 19 July 2014, The Lufkin News
  17. ^ Timothy Williams (November 6, 2014). Christopher Epps, Former Chief of Prisons in Mississippi, Is Arraigned. The New York Times. Received December 2, 2014.

External links[edit]

  • [2] company web site