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Willacy County claims negligence caused 2015 riot

Willacy County Regional Detention Facility
In the lawsuit that Willacy County is bringing against Management and Training Corp., they state that the 2015 riot at the Willacy County Correctional Center was caused by "deplorable conditions" at the prison, CBS 4 News reports

As we reported earlier, Willacy County filed a lawsuit against Management and Training Corp. (MTC), a private prison company based out of Utah. The lawsuit states that the for-profit prison company failed to properly oversee, manage, and repair the facility, leading to poor conditions at the facility. Flooding toilets, rodents, and a lack of access to basic medical care in the facility sparked a riot that led to the destruction of the correctional center and cost the county millions of dollars.

According to the San Antonio Current, inmates had to deal with the issues, with tensions running higher as the problems persisted. Some new inmates were forced into solitary confinement due to overcrowding at the prison, with the lawsuit stating that "MTC failed to address the issue of prison overcrowding, presumably because MTC was paid an additional per diem for inmates beyond the 90 percent capacity threshold."

The prison was then shut down by the federal Bureau of Prisons, and around 400 employees lost their jobs.

Willacy County wants MTC to pay for damages, punitive damages, and legal fees.

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