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One prison violence case ending, another pending

A major portion of an Idaho prison-conditions lawsuit that stretches back nearly three decades could be closed, as a federal judge weighs whether changing conditions and procedures at the Idaho State Correctional Institution have done away with rampant violence, near-routine brutal rapes of newly arrived young prisoners, overcrowding, limited access to psychiatric and medical care and other problems that were identified there in the early 1980s. But a newer prison-violence case, involving a privately operated Idaho prison, still is pending./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise

Question: Are private prisons a good idea?

Sex crime charge reduced, to, um, burglary

Here’s an odd one: A former BSU football player who was charged with two counts having sexual contact with a female inmate while working as an officer at a state prison has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge - burglary. Timothy Ryan Gilligan will not have to register as a sex offender after he admitted in court that he twice entered the Idaho Maximum Security Institution with the intent of having sexual contact with a female inmate, a felony, the Idaho Statesman reports. Entering a building with the intent to commit a felony is burglary. / More here

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Idaho mom scares off prison escapees

The Lewiston Tribune is reporting that a Cottonwood woman is being honored by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office after she “showed true courage in the face of danger for fending off two prison escapees who tried to break into her home,” the AP reports. Cassidy Lockett was home with her young children late last month when two men tried to break into her home. She hid the children behind the couch, grabbed a .22-caliber semiautomatic pistol and aimed it at a man who was already halfway through a window, climbing into her home. She told him to get out or she’d shoot - and he complied, and left along with another man who was trying to get through the locked front door. The sheriff’s department says the two were Richard Nieves and Ben Westley Perez, who are both facing escape, burglary and other charges.

Question: What would you have done?

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