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Prison lawsuit settlement requires CCA to make changes at privately-run Idaho lockup

This June 15, 2010, file photo shows the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise. A potential class-action lawsuit against the nation’s largest private prison company over violence at the Idaho Correctional Center has been settled in federal court.  (AP/Charlie Litchfield)
This June 15, 2010, file photo shows the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise. A potential class-action lawsuit against the nation’s largest private prison company over violence at the Idaho Correctional Center has been settled in federal court. (AP/Charlie Litchfield)

Click here for a full report from AP reporter Rebecca Boone on today's settlement of the prison-violence lawsuit between Idaho prison inmates and Corrections Corp. of America, which operates the Idaho Correctional Center state prison south of Boise. CCA doesn’t acknowledge the allegations but agrees to increase staffing, investigate all assaults and make other sweeping changes at the lockup south of Boise. If the company fails to make the changes, the inmates can ask the courts to force CCA to comply.

While the prison is owned by the state, Boone reports, it is run for a profit by CCA under a contract with the Idaho Department of Corrections. The inmates claimed the company made decisions based on profit, rather than on “responsible administration of the prison.”
 




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