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MTC to take over Bradshaw State Jail after 13-year company loses bid

By Ken Hedler
July 10, 2017 at 11:58 a.m.
Updated July 11, 2017 at 9:04 a.m.


Editor's note: A previous version of this story included an inaccurate number for inmates housed at Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson. This version has been corrected.

UPDATE: The private prison company that operates the East Texas Treatment Facility in Henderson plans to hire a majority of the 192 employees at another company that lost a bid to renew a contract for operating the Bradshaw State Jail, also in Henderson.

Issa Arnita, spokesman at the corporate headquarters of Management & Training Corp. in Centerville, Utah, said in a statement current employees of CoreCivic “will not have the first right of refusal, however as I mentioned we plan to rehire the majority of employees and will work to find a good fit for them.”

Arnita said MTC will hire approximately 240 employees after taking over the Bradshaw State Jail Sept. 1 while explaining MTC will operate food services at the jail. A subcontractor currently provides the service.

MTC will take over operations of the jail because the Texas Board of Criminal Justice reported June 30 that it awarded a contract for two years, with renewal options, to the company. CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, held the contract since Jan. 16, 2004, according to Jason Clark, public information director at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

Because CoreCivic lost its bid for renewal, it sent a WARN letter dated July 3 notifying the Texas Workforce Commission that it “must lay off its employees” at the Bradshaw Jail beginning midnight Aug. 31.

“There are 192 employees who will be affected by CoreCivic’s cession of operations at this facility,” states the letter from Andrea Cooper, senior director for human resources compliance at corporate headquarters in Nashville. “We have enclosed a list of affected positions, to include job titles and totals for each job classification. Please note there are no applicable bumping rights for the employees.”

Cooper and other CoreCivic officials were unavailable for comment Monday.

Cooper sent the letter to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires employers planning major layoffs to give two months of notice to the workforce commission.

Upon notice of any mass layoffs or plant closings in Texas, workforce commission agencies, including Workforce Solutions East Texas, can act quickly to provide Rapid Response Services and minimize the effect to local economies by helping employees to transition to new employment, according to commission spokeswoman Lisa Givens.

Services include crisis counseling, financial planning assistance, stress/change management, résumé and application preparation, job search help, labor market and career information, and interview preparation, she has said.

Meanwhile, MTC will expand its presence in Henderson by taking over the Bradshaw State Jail. The jail has a maximum capacity of 1,980 inmates, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice website with state offenses such as drug and property crimes.

MTC has 424 employees at the East Texas Treatment Facility at 900 Industrial Drive in Henderson, according to a company fact sheet. It has a capacity of 2,320 inmates who take a variety of educational, vocational and substance abuse and life-skills courses that MTC says are designed to prepare them to re-enter society.

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<p>ORIGINAL: CoreCivic notified the Texas Workforce Commission that it would lay off 192 emplyoees at the Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson because the Texas Department of Criminal Justice terminated the company's contract, but many of those jobs may be transferred to the new vendor.</p>

<p>In a letter to the commission dated July 3, Andrea Cooper, senior director of human resources compliance at CoreCivic, stated the company "must lay off its employees" beginning midnight Aug. 31.</p>

<p>That is the day before the new vendor, Management &amp; Training Corp. of Centerville, Utah, begins its contract to operate and manage the jail at 3900 W. Loop 571 North, according to Jason Clark, public information director for the criminal justice department.</p>

<p>Clark said the Texas Board of Criminal Justice voted June 30 to award the contract to MTC. </p>

<p>"The base is two years, with three two-year renewal options," Clark said. "Contractors are awarded through a competitive bidding process."</p>

<p>Clark said he did not know how long CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America, held the contract at Bradshaw State Jail, which houses state offenders for drug and property crimes. Cooper was unavailable for comment.</p>

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