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Gallup jail ends contract with MTC

Santa Fe The New Mexican

GALLUP -- McKinley County is terminating its contract with the Utah-based company that has been operating the county jail, a facility plagued by problems.

Four inmates escaped from the jail, run by Management & Training Corp., on July 4, after being left unsupervised in a recreation yard.

All four were later captured or surrendered, but investigators said the escapees had a three-hour head start because guards at the jail did not miss them until a head count later that day.

MTC also operates the Santa Fe County jail and that facility too has had problems. Warden Cody Graham, who formerly headed the Santa Fe County jail, was fired a week after the escape.

In Santa Fe, a nine-member state audit team found the jail needed to improve inmate classification, grievance procedures, discipline, records and inmate programs.

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