Management and Training Corporation

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The Management and Training Corporation (MTC) is the third-biggest for-profit prison corporation in the United States as of 2013.[1] It was founded in 1980, but according to the company's website, "its roots stretch back to the mid-1960s when MTC was first conceived through the Education and Training Division of Thiokol Corporation. Since 1966, it has operated centers for Job Corps -- a U.S. Department of Labor job-training program that prepares young people for meaningful careers. MTC entered the corrections industry in 1987 when it opened one of the first privately-operated corrections facilities in the United States."[2]

In July 2006, "Management & Training Corporation (MTC) . . . elected Andrew S. Natsios to its eight-member Board of Directors."[3]

Writing in 2006 for the Le Monde Diplomatique, Avery F. Gordon noted that: "Lane McCotter is an executive with Management and Training Corporation, a private prison company, which he joined after being forced to resign as director of the Utah Department of Corrections, following the death of a prisoner who had been shackled naked to a chair for 16 hours. US Attorney General John Ashcroft chose McCotter to direct the reopening of the Iraqi prisons under US rule and to train Iraqi guards; McCotter chose Abu Ghraib as the best site for the main prison and then oversaw its organisational transition."[4]

Controversies

MTC is a federal contractor, receiving $620.6 million from the United States federal government, according to the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). POGO's "Federal Contractor Misconduct Database" lists eight cases of misconduct by MTC:[1]

  • Employment Discrimination: "The United States District Court for the District of Kansas awarded damages, back pay, costs, and prejudgment interest to Randall B. Godinet for intentional employment discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Right Act of 1964. Godinet, a Samoan formerly employed at the MTC-operated Flint Hills Job Corps Center in Manhattan, Kansas, alleged he was denied promotions because of his race and color and was retaliated against because of his pursuit of a discrimination claim. After a week-long trial in June 2001, a jury found intentional discrimination on all claims and awarded compensatory damages totaling $20,800, pecuniary damages of $5,700, and punitive damages of $150,000. The district court entered judgment consistent with the jury verdict and awarded $21,251 in back pay, prejudgment interest of $17,248.85 and attorneys' fees and costs of $257,014.91. That verdict was affirmed on appeal in January 2003."[1]
  • Unlawful Strip Searches: "In January 2005, a federal class action lawsuit [Leyba, et al. v. Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners, et al.] was filed on behalf of all prisoners booked into the Santa Fe County Jail when it was run by Management and Training Corp. The lawsuit alleged that starting in January 2002, prisoners booked into the facility were illegally strip-searched and were thus deprived of their constitutional rights. As part of the settlement, MTC agreed to pay $8 million to about 13,000 people."[1]
  • Non-Payment of Wages (Texas): "Management and Training Corp. paid $485,990 in back wages to 262 current and former security guards in Raymondville, Texas, after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division found the employees had not been properly paid, as required by the McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA) and the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act (CWHSSA). According to investigators, between October 1, 2003 and September 30, 2005, MTC failed to pay proper overtime when employees worked beyond their schedules and also failed to pay the correct fringe benefits."[1]
  • Santa Fe Jail Suicide: "Suzan Garcia filed a lawsuit on behalf of her son, Tyson Johnson, who hung himself in the Santa Fe County jail in January 2002 while awaiting trial on charges of stalking and aggravated assault. Johnson’s claustrophobia gave him anxiety attacks and he asked to see a psychiatrist, but the jail, run by MTC, did not provide him adequate mental health care. The lawsuit settled in June 2004 for an undisclosed amount. In May 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice began investigating conditions at the Santa Fe County Jail. The resulting report, released in March 2003, cited numerous deficiencies in the facility and concluded that Johnson’s death was the result of inadequate mental health intervention at the facility."[1]
  • Wrongful Death: "Dickie Ortega was beaten to death at the Santa Fe County jail in June 2004. In 2006, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit [Martinez v. Management and Training Corp., et al.] claiming Santa Fe County and the company that formerly ran the jail, Management and Training Corp., took no steps to control rampant gang activity at the jail, including assaults by gang members on other inmates. The case was settled in March 2007 pursuant to undisclosed terms."[1]
  • Violation of Civil Rights: "Veronica Sanchez filed a federal civil rights lawsuit [Sanchez v. Management and Training Corp., et al.] against Management and Training Corp. Sanchez alleged she was raped by other inmates at the MTC-managed Santa Fe County jail and then illegally strip-searched after she was brought back to the jail after a hospital exam. She claimed MTC, the warden and other jail employees, and Santa Fe County officials failed to adequately and safely maintain the jail. The case was settled in May 2007 pursuant to undisclosed terms."[1]
  • Non-Payment of Wages (Utah, Indiana, Ohio and New Mexico): "Management & Training Corp. paid $169,105 in back wages to 393 employees at five locations in Utah, Indiana, Ohio and New Mexico. The back wages were paid pursuant to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) following an investigation by the Labor Department's Wage and Hour Division. Under supervision by the department, MTC conducted a companywide self-audit which revealed that some employees, including security personnel, were not paid for all hours worked. Violations occurred at MTC’s Job Corps Center sites in Edinburg, Indiana, Clearfield, Utah, and Dayton, Ohio, and at correctional facilities in Grafton, Ohio, and Santa Fe, New Mexico."[1]
  • Sexual Assault: "The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit against a detention officer at the McKinley County Detention Center in New Mexico, alleging he sexually assaulted two female inmates in 2003. The lawsuit claimed Detention Officer Brian Orr committed sexual abuse and cruel and unusual punishment and that the jail's acting warden, the McKinley County commissioners and the company that managed the jail, Management and Training Corp., were negligent for failing to properly train and supervise Orr. The case was eventually settled for an undisclosed amount, although one of the accusers later said she received $55,000 as her share of the settlement. In a January 2007 criminal trial, Orr was found not guilty of sexual abuse."[1]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

MTC attended the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in San Diego.[5]

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Key People

As of September 2013, according to the corporation's website:[6]

  • R. Scott Marquardt, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board
  • Jane Marquardt, Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Lyle J. Parry, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board

Board of Directors

As of September 2013, according to the corporation's website:[6]

  • R. Scott Marquardt, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board
  • Jane Marquardt, Vice Chairman of the Board
  • Lyle J. Parry, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Board
  • Roberts T. Jones (President, Education & Workforce Policy; President, MTC Institute; President and CEO, National Alliance of Business; former assistant secretary of labor for the U.S. Department of Labor)
  • James A. Joseph (Professor, Public Studies, Duke University.; former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa from 1996 to 1999; former under secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior; former president and CEO of the Council on Foundations)
  • Andrew Natsios (Executive Professor, George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A & M University; former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); former CEO of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority; former secretary for administration and finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; former vice president of World Vision U.S.; former Massachusetts Representative (1975-1987); former faculty, School of Foreign Affairs, Georgetown University)
  • Sharon Robinson (President and chief executive officer, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education; former assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Education)
  • Richard Schubert (MTC Washington Representative; Chairman of the Board, National Job Corps Association; Vice Chairman of the Leader to Leader Institute; former president and vice chairman, Bethlehem Steel Company (1979-1982); former U.S. deputy secretary of labor, president of the American Red Cross, and president of the Points of Light Foundation)
  • Bob Wise (President, Alliance for Excellent Education; Cochair, Digital Learning Council, with Jeb Bush; Chair, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; former governor of West Virginia)
  • Dr. Reginald A. Wilkinson (President and CEO, Ohio College Access Network; former Executive Director, Ohio Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy; former agency director, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) since 1991)

Senior Officers

As of September 2013, according to the corporation's website:[6]

Former Personnel

Contact Details

500 N. Marketplace Drive
Centerville, UT 84014-1708
Phone: (801) 693-2600/(800) 574-4682
Fax: (801) 693-2900
URL: http://www.mtctrains.com


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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Project on Government Oversight, Management & Training Corp., Federal Contractor Misconduct Database, accessed September 2013.
  2. Management and Training Corporation, Overview, corporate website, accessed March 17, 2008.
  3. Management and Training Corporation, MTC elects new Board of Directors member, corporate press release, July 20, 2006.
  4. Prison Looks Like Waging a Security War, Znet, accessed March 17, 2008.
  5. Laura Elliott, Fwd: State Chairs Mailing - AZ, email to Debbie Lesko, July 7, 2010, obtained via open records request by Beau Hodai, DBA Press, pp. 81-83 of PDF.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Management and Training Corporation, Leaders, corporate website, accessed September 2013.