Prison ready for more inmates

Community cuts ribbon with MTC-Kingman facility officials

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br/>Chief of Security at MTC-Kingman prison Rick Eyestone stands in the open recreation area of the new Cerbat facility.

JC AMBERLYN/Miner<br/>Chief of Security at MTC-Kingman prison Rick Eyestone stands in the open recreation area of the new Cerbat facility.

GOLDEN VALLEY - Management and Training Corporation-Arizona State Prison-Kingman held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of its new Cerbat Facility March 25.

Guest speakers included MTC Senior Vice President of Corrections Odie Washington and Charles Ryan, director of Arizona Department of Corrections as well as Warden Scott Yates.

A full room of people watched the ceremony. A ribbon-cutting with the Kingman Chamber of Commerce followed, then tours were held through the new facility.

The Cerbat Facility is a 2,000-bed minimum custody facility that expands the bed capacity for ASP-Kingman to 3,400. It started construction in October 2008 and was completed last December.

The facility includes 20 buildings and encompasses about 45 acres.

The Cerbat Facility grounds are being ready for inmate occupancy beginning on April 5.

Warden Scott Yates spoke about the economic benefits to the community and how MTC strives to work with communities for the mutual benefit of everyone involved.

He said that the local economic impact to Mohave County will be about $44 million, including payroll, property taxes, small and large purchases, maintenance, etc. The inmate labor force also provides onsite and offsite community volunteers, in the form of cleanup crews, dog training and other efforts at a minimum of cost.

He stated that their labor can augment resources that may otherwise not be utilized.