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Idaho prison officials send more inmates out of state

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018

An inmate sleeps on a temporary bed on the floor because no bunks are available at the Twin Falls County Jail in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Pat Sutphin / The (Twin Falls) Times-News)
An inmate sleeps on a temporary bed on the floor because no bunks are available at the Twin Falls County Jail in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Pat Sutphin / The (Twin Falls) Times-News)
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BOISE – Idaho Department of Correction officials said they have moved another 150 inmates to a prison in Texas because there aren’t enough prison beds in Idaho.

Boise television station KBOI reported the male inmates arrived at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Wednesday. The prison is operated by private prison company GEO Group, and Idaho is leasing the entire facility.

Idaho has been using out-of-state prisons to deal with local overcrowding for years. The state expects to have about 700 inmates at out-of-state facilities by Nov. 1.

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