Friday, August 20, 2010

MTC Can't Run a Prison Properly

The escape of 3 murderers from the MTC prison in Kingman, Arizona, was facilitated by MTC's inability to properly secure, staff, and operate a prison.  Among the issues that contributed:

Floodlights were burned out.

Officers had inadequate firearms training and weapons were not well inventoried.

75 percent of the inmates did not wear proper identification.

Apparently the facility had a highly-malfunctioning alarm system that had gone off 89 times during the course of the day the prisoners escaped. So the staff had begun to largely ignore it, sometimes taking more than an hour to check on it

The control panel that showed the status of the perimeter fence was riddled with burned-out bulbs so it couldn't be properly monitored.

One of the guard posts supposed to be maintained near the perimeter fence was vacant for most of the day.  So no one saw the prisoners walk out of a dormitory door that had been propped open (though it was supposed to be locked) with a rock and climb over a chain-link fence that didn't have barbed wire on it.

Thankfully this has woken up at least someone with some power in Arizona who now questions the ability of MTC to operate a facility; DOC director Chuck Ryan.  After stating he lacked confidence in MTC's ability to secure the facility, he removed a lot of medium- and higher-security inmates from the facility, and says he wants MTC to prove to him that the state of Arizona shouldn't cancel its contract with the company.


  1. The control panel that showed the status of the perimeter fence was riddled with burned-out bulbs .

  2. CCA had nothing to do with this you IDIOTS!!!!

  3. what's your point? they're not the only company that abuses people and violates their rights in the process of privatizing a prison. It would have been too hard to tell people to go to

  4. Agreed.
    Nowhere in your post do you even mention CCA. You're anti PIC which means you cover ALL stories on private prisons.

  5. you're right; I am anti-PIC, but in particular, I'm against the idea of incarcerating people for profit. we spend about $70 billion incarcerating people in this country every year, and far outpace any other country in the world in our rates and real numbers of incarceration. As I say right under the title, I hate anyone who makes a profit from incarcerating human being. MTC is included in that.

    1. I also hate Bondage for profit!! The ones that get hurt the most are poor people because they can't afford to fight back!

    2. you're exactly right; much of the discrimination that exists in our CJS is due to the fact that poor people simply can't afford legal counsel. Someone's experience with the CJS is only as good as the lawyer he/she/the corporation can afford. And it's not like poor people can pay lobbyists millions of dollars to cozy up to politicians

  6. Its alarmingly clear that we are "storing" more Americans than ever. This story, although titled improperly, still proves that the almighty dollar comes before anything else and that corporate prisons should be monitored as much if not more than state or federal run facilities.

    1. How would you have titled it differently? I think its supremely appropriate, given all the information that came out about MTC's failures to secure the facility. I totally agree with your sentiment, but as far as running a prison is concerned, I think this is a prime example of what not to do

  7. CCA is not MTC. If your going to start a website bashing a company then you need to know what you are talking about. CCA and MTC are two different corrections companies. WOW!!!

    1. i'm really at a loss here... can you please just read the comments above? i don't need to go over this again.

  8. Anonymous30 May, 2012

    I know that this particular article isn't about CCA, but some of those that responded believe it is, so I will add my two cents. CCA is no different than MTC, both hire inexperienced people as COs, the pre-service training is a joke, understaffed at a rate of 200 inmates per CO, S.O.R.T teams of 5 that couldn't fight their way out of a wet paper bag. Giving answers to the test during PST..........the list goes on and on. I "worked" at CCA for only a week (orientation) and was alarmed at what I saw............CCA is a joke period, made up of a bunch ex waiters and retail clerk etc, that never saw one day of military/combat pretending to be something that they are not. The people that live near the CCA facilities should be on guard at all times, because those idiots working in them aren't.

    1. Thank you! My point exactly - the whole industry is effed. No for-profit company runs prisons on par with governments. You really hit the nail on the head - a lot of it comes down to staffing, in terms of the levels of staff at a facility, the training they receive, and the quality of folks that tend to get hired by the industry. Because the pay is so low in the private sector compared to public COs, the companies have a lot of trouble attracting high-quality staff. But they have no trouble shelling out millions of dollars to executives, which they earned in profit from taxpayer dollars.

  9. Anonymous10 July, 2012

    I agree Mike..cca n mtc r a joke n they only use ppl.not mentioning all the $ they steal from their employees

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  18. went to Henderson to see my son for the first time. that was a joke as for as security goes. I worked in corrections my self, I could have took any thing in that unit and nobody would have know anything. Also why do they not get feed on sat and sunday. for lunch is this leagal?
    I don't think so the jail standards says 3 meals a day.

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