A Look at the Lindsey State Jail Just A Few Months After Taking Over Operations
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On September 1, 2017, MTC took over operation of the Lindsey State Jail in Jacksboro, Texas, a community we are very proud to be a part of.
“I did tour the facility,” says Jim Cassle, a local business leader who is the regional president of Legacy Texas Bank. “It was very nice, very clean. I’m impressed with the security protocol. And, just overall, it seems like it’s a very good organization, and well run.”
Lindsey is a multi-custody facility and has a capacity to house 1,031 men.
“Our company prides itself on being a leader in social impact,” states the facility Warden Grady Wallace. “And the way we do that here at the Lindsey State Jail is the way we interact with the offender population. We talk to them like they’re human beings, we try to provide them with the opportunities and the tools to be successful upon their release.”
David Perry is incarcerated at the facility.
“This is the first time I’ve been on a facility that had this many classes and stuff that you could take to better yourself,” he says. “So I’m taking full advantage of it.”
Programming opportunities are a part of the culture at Lindsey, keeping right in line with the aim of MTC to be a change agent.
“I truly feel that I have the right tools now to stay a productive member of society,” says Peter Rashke, also serving his time at the facility. “My family,” adds David Perry, “when I talk to them, they can tell the difference, too, in the attitude adjustment I’ve had since I’ve been here. It’s working out really good.”
Warden Wallace continues expressing his approach to managing the facility. “I just want people to know that here at the Lindsey State Jail we are firm believers in the BIONIC (Believe It or Not I Care) philosophy; it’s how we treat our offenders here on the facility. We talk to them in a respectable manner. We make sure that they have the things that they’re supposed to have. When offenders step out of line, we’re going to hold them accountable for that, but then we’re going to give them the opportunity to overcome that, and try to become a better citizen.”
“It’s a very safe environment,” Patrick Wright states emphatically. He is incarcerated at the facility as well. “A very safe environment,” he stresses again.
While operating with the tightest of security, as well as providing opportunities for lasting change, Lindsey State Jail also strives to reach out and be an active part of the community.
“You know, when we first came to Jacksboro,” explains Warden Wallace, “we made a point to go around and introduce ourselves to some of the leaders of the community and let them know that we were going to be the new contractor here at the Lindsey State Jail. And everyone has welcomed us with open arms.”
Mr. Cassle is impressed with the facility leaders. “With the warden, Warden Wallace, and Assistant Warden Coffin, my interaction with them has been nothing but superb. I was impressed,” he goes on to say, “by the fact that there were so many volunteers within our community that go out and help out within the prison, and with their various activities. I think that’s a good interaction, and a better appreciation for the community and for the prison itself.
“We appreciate MTC, and all the representatives of the facility.”
“My experience at Lindsey State Jail has been a spiritual experience,” explains Peter Rashke. “I’d really like to thank them for it, honestly.”
Patrick Wright directs his impressions to the general public. “I’m just glad that we have a chance to talk to the public, if anyone’s listening or whatever, to let them know that people are changing in prison.”