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TDCJ - East Texas Treatment Center (XQ) - MTC

Custody/Security Info

The TDCJ - East Texas Treatment Center (XQ) - MTC located in Henderson, TX and is classified as low-security prison within the Texas Department of Corrections system. It is comprised of secure dormitories that provide housing for up to 50 inmates each. Each dormitory contains a group toilet and shower area as well as sinks. Inmates sleep in a military-style double bunk and have an adjacent metal locker for storage of uniforms, undergarments, shoes, etc. Each dormitory is locked at night with a correctional officer (CO) providing direct supervision of the inmates and the sleeping area. Inmates held at this custody level may still pose a lower risk to security than medium, but they have demonstrated a willingness to comply with institutional rules and regulations.

The prison usually has a double fence perimeter with armed roving patrols. There are less supervision and control over the internal movement of inmates than in a close security prison. Selected low custody inmates are worked outside of the prison under armed supervision of trained COs. These inmate work assignments support prison farm operations or highway maintenance for the Texas Department of Transportation. Each low-security prison typically has a single cell unit for the punishment of inmates who violate prison rules called the SHU or "the hole".

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Facility Type

TDCJ - East Texas Treatment Center (XQ) - MTC is detention facility owned by private prison company to handle the intake, and housing of offenders for the Rusk County Sheriff, the State of Texas, Bureau of Prisons, the US Marshal Service and Immigration (ICE). This regional operation is structured to implement superior quality controls to the standards set by the jurisdiction whose inmates are being held. The correctional facility offers a full complement of high-quality services, including secure custody services, academic and vocational programming, secure transportation service, correctional health, and mental health care.

The main benefit of the contracting of prisons to private operators is that it can save money. The end goal is to house prisoners in an attempt to rehabilitate them or remove them from the streets. The corporation's end goal is to profit from anything they deal in. In order to make money as a private prison, they receive a stipend from the government.