Private prison company lands federal contract

Jun 8 2011 - 10:13am

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CENTERVILLE -- Despite recent scrutiny involving an escape at one of its prisons, Management & Training Corporation is receiving new business.

On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons awarded MTC a contract to house federal, low-security, adult male, short-term sentenced, criminal aliens at the Willacy County Processing Center in Texas.

The 10-year contract has a total value of $532,318,723.

MTC currently operates a 3,174-bed facility in Raymondville, Texas, for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"We are pleased to expand our relationship with the Federal Bureau of Prisons through this contract," said MTC Senior Corrections Vice President Odie Washington. "This will be Management & Training Corporation's third Bureau of Prisons contract. We look forward to providing a safe and secure environment for our employees and inmates at the facility."

MTC is one of the nation's leading operators of private correctional facilities, currently managing prisons in Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas. MTC's total inmate capacity is 26,706 inmates at 14 state correctional facilities and six federal correctional facilities.

MTC operates a medium-security prison in Kingman, Ariz., where three violent criminals cut a perimeter fence on July 30, 2010, and escaped. All three were caught within three weeks of the escape. However, the Department of Corrections installed new administration at the prison.

The change occurred after a review found numerous mistakes at the facility included poor staff training and a faulty alarm system that gave false signals so frequently that staff members learned to ignore it, which directly contributed to the inmates' escape, according to a report the state released following the breakout.

In a news release, MTC said it believes in the delivery of programs and services for inmates and improves their quality of life while incarcerated and upon release. Willacy Processing Center will provide life skills training and education opportunities.

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