8 people arrested while protesting MTC's involvement with state-owned prisons

A group of 20 people chained their arms together inside of the Management and Training Center (MTC) to protest the company's involvement with state-owned prisons. (Photo: Tiffany Justice /KUTV)

(KUTV) - Eight people were arrested Thursday morning during a group protest at the Management and Training Center (MTC) headquartered in Centerville.

The group of 20 people chained their arms together inside the MTC to contest its state-owned prisons and proposed immigration detention center to be potentially built in Evanston, Wyoming.

Centerville Police are working on taking the remaining people out of the building.

The MTC issued a statement regarding the event that said:

What happened today with protestors coming to MTC was very unfortunate. We would have been happy to meet with these individuals to talk about the work we do for ICE so they had a full understanding. Instead, the protestors came and refused to comply with police to leave private property. The group is advocating to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which they have the right to do. But they don’t have the right to break the law.

MTC said that it operates three detention centers for ICE. None have children or minors, only adults, and the average stay at one of the centers is 65 days, its statement said.

"We are not involved in any way in policies," the company said. It's statement added:

While our hearts go out to anyone separated from their family because of policy that had since been reversed, we have no authority or say in these matters. It would be more effective for these protestors to write their elected officials or take their concerns to ICE directly. We are only a contractor for ICE.

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