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10/17/2010 6:00:00 AM
Alarm system fixed, prison says
MTC says new administrator, warden in place

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Management and Training Corporation, the operator of the privately run state prison in Kingman, says the malfunctioning alarm system that contributed to the escape of three inmates July 30 has been fixed.

Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Black told the Board of Supervisors during a presentation last month that the alarm system was not properly installed by the manufacturer, Senstar of Canada, when the prison opened in 2004. He said the connections for wires were not properly weatherized, leading to alarms that sounded for no reason so frequently, prison staff disregarded them.

Interviews conducted by the DOC in the weeks following the escape found that prison employees were aware for months of the broken alarm but no work orders were ever issued for repair.

The on-site monitor for the DOC, David Lee, was fired after the escape. Complex Administrator Darla Elliott and Hualapai Unit Warden Lori Leader were also relieved of their duties. New Complex Administrator Jerry Sternes and new Hualapai Warden Neil Turner are now at the prison, replacing MTC Vice-president Al Murphy, who had been acting as complex administrator in the interim.

MTC spokesman Carl Stuart said other changes to the prison include a new access road under construction to keep traffic away from the facility perimeter and tightened inmate movement, although he could not elaborate on how inmate operations had changed.

Construction is also expected to start in the next week for a second security fence for the medium custody unit.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Article comment by: Bud Light

Let me get this straight.
ADC seems to indicate that they were aware that the alarm system was not correctly installed even before that escape.The Complex Administrator, Warden, Physical Plant Manager and IT Personell DID know that the alarm system was faulty however, they couldn't fix it because no one put in a work order? Call me silly, but anyone of these people could have taken the two minutes required to fill out a work order. It IS NOT the total responsibility of the Officer assigned to a post to do so. It is everyones responsibility to see that repairs are made, especially to security systems. Just for other information. There have been work orders submitted for this repair over the years. It may be of some intrest to know that inmates at this facility actually control the program that processes work orders. Makes you wonder what may have happened and why some work orders seem to dissapear around there.

Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Article comment by: Pancho Villa

The posters are correct, except that it took over 11 weeks for the fence to get fixed. Who knows how many internal alarms were defective also?

The other huge problem, aside from the alarms, was that the guards couldn't count properly. The only explanation for the delayed notification to the Mojave County Sheriffs Department and the twice-as-long delay to the Arizona Dept. of Corrections is that no only did the alarms not go off...the guards couldn't count!

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Article comment by: Dynamo Dynamic

My Fence is up, alarm installed and my wife and I are armed. All is safe.

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: Constant Watch

Charles "Black"? Is this a Freudian slip? Last checked, the ADC director's name was Charles RYAN...

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: The Real Common Sense

MTC needs to be shut down in the state and sent packing back to Utah. Little Ronnie "I'm Your Master, Shut UP" Walker, Buster "The Porn King" Johnson and Tom "Wake Me when this here meetin' is done did" Sockwell all need to be fired. The BOS and County Manager assured us the bunch of profit driven low-lifes running MTC would insure the safety of the people and the facility would house only DUI offenders. They lied - all of them. Now we have massive lawsuits piling up against the state because of the murders of two people, the kidnapping of two others and god only knows how much cost is going to levied for the expense of capturing these people. And still it took TEN WEEKS to fix the stinking alarm? Get 'em the hell out of here!

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: Private Noneofyourbusiness

To ummm...ok (what an appropriate moniker) there were THREE escaped inmates darling. Try to keep up, would you.

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: Tom D.

The prison won't be fixed until the state takes over its operations, along with the rest of the "For Profit Prisons" in the state. A Prop next year banning "For Profit Prisons" would be a good thing. Am I in the minority on this one?

My guess would be that the second fence being built is so they can legally house murderers once again in this prison. Empty beds make no money for these "for profit" corporations, they need to be full-up just like a hotel.

Has the KDMiner interviewed David Lee or Darla Elliott? An insiders take on what corporate policies may have led up to the escapes would be interesting.

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: Wowie Wowie

@um ok,

Just by chance you should maybe look again, there was three that escaped Renwick, Province, McClusky. yep thats three.

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

At least they are trying to get these things fixed. About murderers coming back, that is up to the state, not the prison. And to the earlier comment, you are mistaken, THREE prisoners escaped.

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: V Stokes


Try counting again....." John McCluskey, Tracy Allen Province and Daniel Renwick"

Adds up to 3 doesn't it?

2 (plus the woman) were involved in the murder of the couple in NM...1 stole the getaway vehicle and was captured in CO. No honor among thieves (or murderers).

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: try again

ummmm ok..

Really....only two.. What about the guy that found the car and took off...He was found up north ....Wyoming I think...

I guess he doesnt count?....

Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010
Article comment by: ummm.... ok

TWO inmates escaped, NOT three.

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Article comment by: Back from Vegas

With the alarm fixed, does this mean they will bring back murderers again?

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Article comment by: really? Sure ?

Its amazing it took about ten weeks to finally repair correctly.

Let me ask you. If you were responsible for say a Prison. How could it possibly take you this amount of time to find someone to repair your alarm?.

Its not like it WORKED properly at all since day one.

I know. I wont be at all missed for saying this.
I sure am Glad Im moving.

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Article comment by: Kathy Concerned

Well they are moving ahead at a snails pace so tell me, why are there still no signs on the freeway stating there is a prison at the Griffith exit? Why has Mr. Ryan not spoken to or taken questions from the public? Why is Mr. Ryan not returning phone calls that are placed to him?

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010
Article comment by: gun owner 000

Nothing like closing the gate, after the horses have escaped.

Nice going MTC, you get a cookie.

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