Change coming at women’s prison

By Bob Buckel | Published Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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The Bridgeport Pre-Parole Transfer facility, a private prison with beds for about 200 women, will soon see new management.

Management & Training Corp. (MTC), the Utah-based contractor that has managed the men’s Bridgeport Correctional Center since September 2010, is expected to take over management of the women’s facility this month, although corporate officials were unable to release a date by press time Tuesday.

“We’re in the final stages of an agreement with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and Corrections Corp. of America to take over operation of the Bridgeport Pre-Parole Transfer Facility,” communications director Issa Arnita said Tuesday.

Corrections Corp. of America (CCA) has managed the women’s facility since 1995. Patty LaVigne, public information officer for the facility, said this week that CCA will no longer manage the Bridgeport women’s facility as of Sunday.

Arnita said he had no timetable for the transfer.

“We are in final discussions with TDCJ and CCA, working on the path to taking that facility over,” he said Monday. “I don’t have any dates. I just know that we’re in the final phase of those discussions.”

The state has two privately operated pre-parole transfer facilities, both in Bridgeport.

Offenders who come here are usually within a year of their release date, and they receive life skills classes, substance abuse education and vocational training.

The men’s facility, which opened in 1989, is licensed for 540 beds. It was one of the state’s first privately operated prisons. Warden David McComis on Monday referred inquiries to the corporate office.

MTC, based in Utah, operates 22 correctional facilities in eight states.

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