Woman Speaks Out Against IDOC Decision
Burley, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Hundreds of Idaho inmates will be moved to a Colorado prison later this month to avoid overcrowding here at home.
This after the Idaho Department of Corrections signed a contract with Corrections Corporation of America.
A local woman is starting a state–wide petition in the hopes of raising awareness about the financial drawbacks of the decision.
Idaho plans to send 250 inmates to the Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington, Colorado later this month.
That's because the state prison system is at capacity with 8,100 inmates.
Catherine Hunter disagrees with the decision and has decided to take action.
"I'm doing this because I'm tired of my tax money going everywhere, but where it should be going," Catherine Hunter, started petition.
She and four others are starting a petition to raise awareness about the amount of money that will be going out of the state, rounding up hundreds of signatures in just a few days.
"Currently I have 280. We just started on Friday," said Hunter.
According to the IDOC the average cost per day to house a prison inmate is fifty dollars.
That means the state will be paying the Colorado prison roughly 4.5 million dollars in the next year to house the 250 inmates.
Hunter would like to see the state build a housing facility for inmates with little time on their sentence.
"We've got inmates in there that only have a year left. We've got inmates in there that only have six months left," said Hunter.
Idaho's inmate population has increased by more than five hundred inmates in the last year and is expected to grow even more.
Officials say they plan to send another two hundred inmates to the Colorado facility next summer.