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State Auditor demands nearly $2M from MDOC prison operator for staffing shortages

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Nearly $2 million has been requested from private prison operator Management & Training Corporation (MTC) after failing to follow the terms of its contract with a Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) facility.

According to the State Auditor’s Office, MTC failed to appropriately notify and credit MDOC when its staffing levels at the Marshall County facility fell below the minimum amount required by the contract.

From 2017 to 2020, nearly 12,000 mandatory shifts at the facility went unfilled, threatening the safety of inmates and prison staff.

As a result, State Auditor Shad White is demanding a total amount of $1,991,774.10, which includes interest and investigative costs.

“This is one of the larger demands we’ve issued in my time in office. Our investigators have proven we will take on the biggest cases down to the smallest to protect taxpayer dollars,” said White. “We look forward to a swift recovery of these funds.”

If MTC does not make payment on the demand within 30 days, the case will be transmitted to the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office for litigation.

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