8 arrested in protest at Utah operator of detention centers

CENTERVILLE, Utah (AP) — Eight people were arrested during a protest held outside offices of a Utah-based private prison company that wants to open a fourth detention center for U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

The protest was held Thursday outside Management & Training Corp.’s headquarters in Centerville, a Salt Lake City suburb.

Demonstrators objected to a proposal by MTC to establish a new ICE immigrant detention center in Evanston, Wyoming, to serve the Salt Lake City area.

MTC now operates detention centers in Calexico, California; Chaparral, New Mexico and Livingston, Texas.

Centerville police said about 15 protesters voluntarily left the MTC headquarters but that eight did not and were arrested on suspicion of trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

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