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Idaho poised to send 450 inmates in next year to private CCA lockup in Colorado

Idaho's state Department of Correction has selected a private prison in Colorado run by Corrections Corp. of America to take overflow Idaho inmates in the next year - and expects to have 450 Idaho inmates there by this time next year. “Idaho's inmate population is 8,099 and has grown by more than 500 inmates since the fiscal year began on July 1, 2011,” the department reported in a news release. “Idaho is managing its prisons at capacity and also houses more than 800 inmates in county jails statewide.” Click below for the department's full announcement.


Idaho Department of Correction
News Release

Out-of-State Prison Selected for Idaho Inmates

Boise, June 29, 2012 - Idaho has selected a Colorado prison to help
house Idaho*s growing inmate population. This week, the Idaho
Department of Correction notified Corrections Corporation of America of
its intent to award a contract to house Idaho inmates at the Kit Carson
Correctional Center in Burlington, Colorado.

Idaho issued a request for proposals for beds in April. Two companies
offered a proposal. The CCA proposal won based on an overall score of
criteria that included bed availability, security practices, inmate
supervision, and experience managing medium custody inmates.

If the inmate population continues to grow at the current rate, Idaho
expects to house 450 inmates at the Colorado facility by this time next
year.

Idaho*s inmate population is 8,099 and has grown by more than 500
inmates since the fiscal year began on July 1, 2011. Idaho is managing
its prisons at capacity and also houses more than 800 inmates in county
jails statewide.

The Department expects to finalize the bed contract in early July, and
will send 250 male medium-custody inmates out of state in late July or
early August. IDOC has already notified the inmate population, asking
for volunteers for out-of-state placement.

Under Director Brent Reinke*s leadership, IDOC has created a Virtual
Prison team. This team is charged with ensuring that contract housing is
safe, appropriate and meets constitutional requirements.

Information is available on idoc.idaho.gov. Look for the out of state
link on the front page.

About Kit Carson Correctional Center (KCCC)
The medium male facility is owned and operated Corrections Corporation
of America.

KCCC is located in eastern Colorado approximately 150 miles east of
Denver. The Kansas state border is 14 miles from the prison. The prison
has 1562 beds. It currently houses 720 Colorado inmates, and offered 768
beds for Idaho inmates.


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