Management and Training Corporation

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Management and Training Corporation
Headquarters Centerville, Utah, U.S.
Website mtctrains.com

Management & Training Corporation or MTC is a Centerville, Utah-based contractor that manages private prisons. MTC's core business is in Corrections, Education & Training, MTC Medical, and Economic & Social Development. MTC is the largest operator of the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps program in the country[citation needed]. MTC operates or partners in operating 22 Job Corps centers across the country. MTC also operates 25 correctional facilities in eight states.[1]

Education & Training[edit]

As the nation's largest Job Corps operator[citation needed], MTC contracts with the U.S. Department of Labor in operating or partnering in operating centers in Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Minnesota, California, Utah, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Hawaii, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

MTC Medical[edit]

MTC Medical provides medical and dental care to prisoners at 14 facilities:[5]

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.[6]

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 race riot broke out at MTC's low-security Eagle Mountain Community Correctional Facility in Eagle Mountain, California Some 150 mostly Hispanic prisoners attacked black inmates with meat cleavers, kitchen knives, broom handles, rocks, pipes, crutches and fire extinguishers. The privately employed guards retreated, while state correctional officers were called in from distant state facilities.[7] Two inmates were stabbed to death, seven others were critically injured, some airlifted out, and dozens more hurt. Eight short-term inmates were ultimately charged with and convicted of murder.[8] 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.[9]

On 30 July 2010, three homicidal prisoners escaped from the Arizona State Prison – Kingman after MTC workers ignored alarms indicating a breached fence. They had cut through the fence with tools tossed to them by a getaway car driver.[10] Two MTC employees resigned in the wake of the escape, a unit warden and a unit security chief.[11] 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 previous two and a half years.[12] One killer escapee, who absconded outside the fence with the getaway car, was captured 28 hours later after a shootout with law enforcement in Rifle, Colorado. He was eventually sentenced to 48 years in the Colorado prison system. Two truck drivers were robbed, hijacked and kidnapped by the other two killers and their accomplice. Three days later, the ringleader killed two vacationers in New Mexico. All were captured within 20 days. Two are now serving life terms in federal prisons and their accomplice got a 40-year federal sentence.[13] 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 for the loss of $10 million in revenue from empty beds. The state renegotiated the contract and paid MTC $3 million.[14]

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.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

In 2013, the American Civil Liberties Union 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 claimed that rats crawled over prisoners in their beds so often that sometimes they were captured, put on leashes and sold as pets to seriously mentally ill inmates.[21] Many prisoners had reportedly been unable to access appropriate medical care, even for life threatening conditions.[22][23]

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.[24]

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 $1,900,000 in bribes in exchange for lucrative contracts to private prison and subcontractor 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.[25] On February 25, 2015, Epps pleaded guilty to tax evasion and taking bribes. He took "about $2 million" in exchange for prison contracts.[26] After Epps was indicted, Governor Phil Bryant quickly ordered the $60 million MTC contract that involved McCrory and Epps be renegotiated.[27] Epps was scheduled to be sentenced on June 9, 2015, but on June 8 federal authorities announced that the sentencing was indefinitely delayed.[28] Cecil McCrory, co-defendant in the Epps case, has moved to withdraw his guilty plea and have a trial scheduled. Consequently, the sentencing of Epps has been postponed until July 18, 2016.[29] The sentencing of Epps and Brandon businessman McCrory last scheduled for July 19, 2016, was again delayed by Judge Wingate to give their defense lawyers additional time to review materials concerning how much money was gained by 15 corporations paying bribes to the pair. Prosecutors hope to use the evidence to increase the recommended prison sentences for Epps and McCrory. Epps faces a possible 23 years after his 2015 guilty plea to money laundering and filing false tax returns related to $1.47 million in bribes.[30]

On January 19, 2015, 23-year-old inmate Neil Early died in a hospital in Las Vegas after being sexually and fatally assaulted in MTC's Kingman, Arizona, Golden Valley State Prison. A search of the prison turned up numerous weapons, illegal cell phones and a quantity of heroin. A guard working a 16-hour shift had been supervising 200 inmates at the time of the attack on Early.[31] Early's parents filed suit for millions against the state, MTC and a prison medical provider alleging delayed medical intervention after he was found beaten and sexually assaulted.[32]

On February 21, 2015, inmates at the MTC-operated "tent" prison in Willacy County, Texas rioted over issues such as poor medical care. The prison was rendered "uninhabitable" according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which had contracted with MTC to manage 2,800 inmates.[33] About two thousand inmates participated in the riot, which required intervention by federal, state and local law enforcement, and all of the inmates were soon removed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.[34] MTC informed the state that all its employees would be laid off by March 9, 2015.[35] In March, 2015, the bonds that paid for the construction of the prison were lowered to "junk" status by Standard & Poors.[36]

On July 1, 2 and 4th, riots broke out once again at the Arizona State Prison-Kingman, at Golden Valley, which had "a long history of problems." Nine guards and seven inmates were injured, and the state brought in 96 members of its special tactical unit to quell the disturbances.[37][38] In August 2015, Arizona governor Doug Ducey terminated the contract with MTC after an Arizona Department of Corrections investigative report revealed the company had "a culture of disorganization, disengagement, and disregard" of DOC policies.[39] Five competitor for-profit prison corporations indicated an interest in operating the facilities upon MTC's departure. It was ultimately awarded to Florida's GEO Group, effective December 1, 2015. GEO had contributed $2,000 to Ducey's 2014 campaign for Governor, plus $50,000 more to an Independent expenditure Superpac that exclusively supported Ducey's candidacy.[40][41]

A July 2016 rally by 100 opponents of an MTC immigration prison proposal for Hopkins Park, Illinois followed rejection of such proposals for competitors Corrections Corporation of America in Crete, Illinois, and GEO Group in Gary, Indiana due to similar protests, citing the recent loss of MTC's Kingman, Arizona state prison contract, a result of that state's negative characterization of MTC's prison operation.[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.mtctrains.com/overview-mission, Management & Training Corporation
  2. ^ http://www.mtctrains.com/locations/job-corp-centers, Management & Training Corporation
  3. ^ http://www.mtctrains.com/corrections/mtc-keys-to-success, Management & Training Corporation
  4. ^ http://www.mtctrains.com/corrections/corrections-performance-results, Management & Training Corporation
  5. ^ http://www.mtctrains.com/locations/mtc-medial-sites
  6. ^ http://www.mtctrains.com/international-development/projects
  7. ^ Warren, Jenifer (2003-10-29). "Inmates Are Moved After Riot Kills 2: A melee at a privately run state prison in Riverside County prompts officials to transfer out more than 130 detainees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  8. ^ Sahagun, Louis; Lance Pugmire (2004-03-04). "8 Charged in '03 Prison Riot Killings: Inmates face murder counts over the slayings of two convicts in a melee at the privately run Eagle Mountain in Riverside County". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Detention center workers charged in scheme to smuggle immigrants (Houston Chronicle)". Detention Watch Network. 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
  10. ^ Arizona Prison Break, by Nate Carlisle The Salt Lake Tribune August 12, 2010
  11. ^ "2 private prison officials resign after Arizona inmates escape". Kingman, AZ: Columbus Dispatch. August 16, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Arizona releases report on prison escapes". United Press International. September 21, 2010. 
  13. ^ Woman linked to prison break murders wasn't "brave enough" to stop it, Las Vegas Review Journal, Dave Hawkins, March 9, 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  14. ^ Chris Kirkham (19 September 2013). Prison Quotas Push Lawmakers To Fill Beds, Derail Reform. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
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  16. ^ "Texas immigrant detention center guard charged | texas, guard, immigrant". Brownsville Herald. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2011-10-27. 
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  23. ^ Southern Poverty Law Center (2014). "SPLC court filing details barbaric conditions at private prison in Mississippi". SPLC Report 44 (4). Retrieved 2015-01-08. 
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  26. ^ Chris Epps Cecil McCrory plead guilty to corruption, Clarion-Ledger, Jerry Mitchell and Jimmie E. Gates. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  27. ^ Bryant orders rebidding of contracts in wake of Epps indictment, Mississippi Business Journal, November 7, 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  28. ^ Gates, Jimmie E. "Former MDOC Commissioner Chris Epps' sentencing delayed" (Archive). Clarion Ledger. June 8, 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  29. ^ Epps sentencing delayed; McCrory wants to withdraw plea, The Clarion Ledger, Jerry Mitchell, April 11, 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2016.
  30. ^ Plans to sentence former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and Brandon businessman Cecil McCrory on July 19 are in peril after a judge delayed hearing sentencing-related evidence, Greenfield Reporter, Jeff Amy (AP), June 09, 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  31. ^ Inmate's death in Kingman prison was murder, officials say, Kingman Daily Miner, Doug McMurdo, February 16, 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  32. ^ Murdered inmate's family sues state, former Kingman prison operator, Kingman Daily Miner, Doug McMurdo, December 7, 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  33. ^ Willacy County Prison Taken Over By Thousands Of Inmates, Associated Press, February 21, 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  34. ^ After riot, jailers remove 570 inmates from Willacy County tent prison, Valley Central, February 23, 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  35. ^ Prison company: Inmates in Willacy County may have planned riot, My SA, Aaron Nelsen. March 2, 1015. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  36. ^ S&P Drops South Texas Private Prison to Junk, The Bond Buyer, Richard Williamson, March 25, 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  37. ^ Hundreds of Arizona inmates to be moved following riots , Associated Press, July 3, 2015. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  38. ^ State sends special forces to quell Kingman Prison Riot, Arizona Central, Craig Harris and Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, July 5, 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  39. ^ Craig Harris (August 27, 2015). Arizona cuts ties with private-prison operator over Kingman riot. The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  40. ^ Private prison company facing sex harassment suit wins state contract, The Arizona Republic, Craig Harris, October 27, 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
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  42. ^ Pembroke residents say detention center isn't welcome, Daily Journal (Illinois), Jeff Bonty, July 18, 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.

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