State Of Idaho Takes Over Management Of State Prison Near Boise
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Staff with the Idaho Corrections Department have been preparing, for months, to take over the 2,080-bed facility. Governor Butch Otter announced earlier this year he was not renewing the $29-million a year contract with Corrections Corporations of America.
Throughout the years, under CCA management, the prison has been sued and there have been accusations of understaffing, gang activity and violence.
While the state officials have said they do not see a problem with the transition, but none the less they are canceling visitation at the facility.
The ACLU of Idaho said they applaud Governor Otter in his decision to end the contract and commends the state for their commitment to provide inmates with a safe environment.
The group say they have received multiple letters from Idaho prisoners currently housed at the Kit Carson Correctional facility in Burlington, Colorado about prison Conditions, medical care and staffing. In a news release, they say, “CA has proven that it cannot be trusted. And if they can’t be trusted to protect inmates charged under their care in Idaho, how can we ensure that our prisoners in Colorado can be adequately supervised outside the watch of the public eye?”
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