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Coronavirus & Corrections – Detention
Here is a summary of the primary measures MTC is taking to protect staff and residents at our correctional and detention facilities. This section will be updated as needed, so please check back regularly for new information.
- All facilities are now in Incident Command System (ICS) assessment mode which means they are assessing their particular risk levels and implementing various measures based on their individual facility situations.
- Visitation has been cancelled at several facilities as instructed by our customers. In some cases where visitation continues, only non-contact visitation is allowed. Visitors are closely being monitored for any signs of illness. Hand sanitizers have been made readily available in the visitation areas. Visitors are instructed to wash their hands prior to visitation and after they leave.
- If men or women in our care display flu-like symptoms, they will be placed in negative-pressure rooms or other isolated areas to keep illnesses from spreading.
- Maintenance crews have increased cleaning of housing units, classrooms, recreation areas, kitchen, cafeteria, and other areas where inmates and detainees gather.
What We're Doing to Keep You Safe
MTC CORONAVIRUS ACTION PLAN
Your safety and the safety of our students at our Job Corps centers and men and women in our correctional and detention facilities is our top priority. With the recent, and quickly developing situation surrounding the coronavirus, we have put measures in place to minimize risk to our more than 11,000 employees and the approximately 43,000 people we serve at our facilities throughout the world. In this document you’ll find information about MTC-specific measures being taken to address the COVID-19 threat and valuable recommendations—including printable materials—from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Following Customer and CDC Protocols
MTC has put together a corporate committee to evaluate the coronavirus situation and have been in daily contact with our customers to ensure we’re implementing all of their precautionary measures. Our customers include the Department of Labor (DOL), Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Marshals Service, and the seven state corrections agencies where we operate. Internationally, our customers are the United States Agency for International Development, United Kingdom Ministry of Justice, and Corrective Services New South Wales.
The CDC is the leading U.S. government agency tracking the latest developments with COVID-19. Their website has several valuable and reliable resources including how many people have confirmed cases of coronavirus, the location of the confirmed cases, and safety precautions you can take to protect yourself and your family. MTC is closely monitoring developments from the CDC and will adjust its plans accordingly. We encourage you to visit the CDC website often as they update their information daily.
Update -- March 27, 2020 2:30 p.m. ET
The CDC has issued specific guidelines for correctional and detention facilities. MTC operates 22 correctional facilities for the federal and state governments as well as five detention centers for Immigration & Customs Enforcement. We take our responsibility to care for our staff and those in our facilities very seriously. We are strictly following the CDC guidelines to minimize the COVID-19 risk. Some of these guidelines include:
- Reviewing existing pandemic flu, all-hazards, and disaster plans, and revising them for COVID-19
- Coordinating with local law enforcement and court officials
- Posting COVID-19 informational signage throughout the facility
- Making contingency plans for the probable event of personal protective equipment shortages
The full CDC guidelines can be found here
Update -- March 16, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
Visitation at all MTC-operated correctional and detention facilities has been significantly restricted