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Idaho prisons chief: ‘We do have gangs, and they are a problem’

Idaho state prisons chief Brent Reinke speaks to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)
Idaho state prisons chief Brent Reinke speaks to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho on Wednesday (Betsy Russell)

Brent Reinke, Idaho state prisons chief, as he opened his presentation to the Associated Taxpayers of Idaho today, said Idahoans may be wondering, "What about this violence story? What's happening here?" He said he'd be glad to speak with any legislator who's been contacted by constituents with concerns about family members housed at the Idaho Correctional Center, the privately operated state prison south of Boise, where a brutal inmate-on-inmate attack - while guards watched - was shown in a video released by the Associated Press yesterday.

Reinke said he "won't go into detail today to explain to you all" the issues about the private prison. But, he said, "I'm very confident and very comfortable with our new warden in that facility, and things are progressing. We are doing a much better job of monitoring than we have in the past; we have a new contract." He added, "In the Department of Corrections, 80 percent of our problems are bought forth by 20 percent of our population. We do have gangs, and they are a problem."




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