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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014, 8:55 A.M.

Wiping Juice From Low-Hanging Fruit

The leaders of Idaho's Democratic legislative minority think it's time the FBI steps in and gets to the bottom of the private prison fiasco. Good for them. But let's face it: This isn't much of a reach. In fact, they've collided with an orchard of low-hanging fruit so dense the next sound you'll hear will be Senate Democratic Leader Michelle Stennett of Ketchum and House Democratic Leader John Rusche of Lewiston wiping the pear, peach and cherry juice from their faces. In the 17 years that Corrections Corporation of America has managed the Idaho Correctional Center outside Boise, it has transformed that facility into a violence-plagued "gladiator school." Blame CCA's business model - scrimping on staffing in order to maximize the profit it earned on its $29 million Idaho contract/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you know enough about this fiasco to be upset?

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