Private company that owns correctional facility has history of legal problems

KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — The call came out Sunday as a naked man who had climbed the fence at Kyle Correctional Center and escaped. Reports later said he was wearing one shoe and just a pair of boxers. The inmate, 34-year-old Kendrick Davis, was serving 25 years for aggravated robbery.

But KXAN has learned it’s not the first escape from the facility. In 2008, another man escaped and was recaptured.

The company that owns the center, Management and Training Corporation, is a federal contractor. It owns 24 correctional facilities nationwide, and half of those are in Texas. According to the Project On Government Oversight, MTC receives $620.6 million from the United States federal government for the 24 correctional centers.

POGO’s “Federal Contractor Misconduct Database” lists eight cases of misconduct by MTC:

  • Employment Discrimination
  • Unlawful Strip Searches
  • Non-Payment of Wages (Texas)
  • Santa Fe Jail Suicide
  • Wrongful Death
  • Violation of Civil Rights
  • Non-Payment of Wages (Utah, Indiana, Ohio and New Mexico)
  • Sexual Assault:

Three prisoners have escaped from MTC facilities in the state of Texas.

According to MTC, Kendrick Davis was captured naked two miles away from the facility. He is now facing escape charges and a possible transfer to a maximum security facility.

A spokesperson for MTC issued this statement:

“On Saturday, April 26, 2014, at approximately 2:20 p.m., an offender escaped from the recreation yard of the minimum-security Kyle Correctional Center. The offender was captured approximately two miles from the Kyle facility at 8:05 p.m.

Prior to the incident, approximately 65 inmates were participating in afternoon recreation. As officers were checking offenders back into the gymnasium and preparing to return them to their housing units, one inmate ran for the fence and began climbing. The facility has one perimeter fence with razor ribbon wire at the top. An officer spotted the inmate and immediately called for security back up. By that time, the offender was on the other side of the fence and began running. Officers immediately notified law enforcement and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The offender was wearing shorts at the time of the escape. When he was capture, he was wearing no clothing.

Law enforcement immediately responded and began searching the area. TDCJ also responded with additional staff and K9 units to help with the search. The offender was captured approximately two miles from the Kyle facility at 8:05 p.m.

The facility was immediately placed on lockdown. The lockdown has since been lifted and the facility is operating normally. TDCJ is now investigating and will conduct a serious incident review. Management & Training Corporation (MTC) is also conducting an internal investigation.

Since MTC began operating the Kyle facility, there have been two escapes including the one over the weekend. At the time of the first escape, which happened in 2008, the facility’s perimeter fence did not have razor ribbon wire. In that case, the offender was also captured a short time later.

We have worked in Texas since 1995.”

The Kyle facility is not the only private facility in Central Texas that has dealt with escapees; the Burnet County Jail has dealt with two escapees in six years.

A rape suspect escaped form the jail run by Lasalle Southwest Corrections in 2008. A convicted rapist escaped by crawling through a pipe in 2011; guards did not even realize he was missing until his family called deputies.

The second escape led to charges against several guards who said they completed their assigned checks but never carried them out.

In-Depth: Crowding issues at Hays County Jail

South of the Kyle Correctional Center in San Marcos, KXAN has learned the Hays County Jail could exceed capacity in the next year.

In a report in collaboration with Community Impact, KXAN reported in March that 311 prisoners are housed at the jail.

The jail initially only housed prisoners committing misdemeanor crimes, but with the increase in population, it’s now housing just as many felons. In 2010, the jail held about 80 felons, but this past February, the number of felons there rose to 158.

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