The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Either the Uinta County officials that endorsed Management Training Corporations (MTC) plan to build an immigration detention center outside Evanston had never heard that often quoted wisdom or just didn't care. MTC's past is filled with discrimination lawsuits, allegations of sexual abuse, understaffing, tainted food and abuse and neglect of detainees. One of the commissioners has stated that these conditions did not affect his opinion of MTC - this is either incredibly naive or incredibly irresponsible.
While commissioners have cited employment opportunities as a benefit of the center and according to an WyoFile article an MTC representative stated that the starting salary for a correctional officer would be "approximately" $21 per and that was "pretty much" guaranteed the reality is that all for profit prison systems have a well deserved reputation for paying paltry wages and as a result hiring staff that is often totally unqualified for their positions. The average hourly wage listed in Glass Ceilings for a correctional officer at MTC is $12.48; for a residential advisor the average salary is $10.42 an hour. Case managers are paid a generous $16.79 per hour. Depending on family size these wages are poverty level wages. Employees at this wage level do not bring discretionary buying power into the community and often take money out of the community as a result of their need for assistance.
If Unita County officials are not swayed by the abysmal conditions suffered in the centers and the poor management history they should be swayed by the possible damage and costs brought to the county by this corporation.