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Private prison official: Bonuses were paid for cutting costs

A former regional manager for private prison company Corrections Corporation of America says top employees at a private prison in Idaho were given yearly bonuses if they cut costs on salary, wages and other operational expenses and met other company goals. CCA, which has since changed its name to CoreCivic...

Federal court upholds contempt ruling against prison company

A federal appellate court has upheld a contempt of court ruling made against private prison company Corrections Corporation of America for falsifying staffing reports at an Idaho prison. Monday's ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the Nashville, Tennessee-based CCA will have to pay higher-than-normal attorneys' fees...

Corrections Corporation of America cleared in Idaho prison scandal

BOISE – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday declined to file criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s controversial private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The company had been accused of knowingly understaffing the prison and falsifying records to cover up thousands of hours of vacant guard posts. In a 15-month investigation, the Department of Justice looked into whether the company defrauded the state under its $29 million annual contract and whether state officials tried to delay or prevent the investigation.

Federal prosecutors: No criminal charges in CCA investigation

After an extensive, 15-month investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, federal prosecutors today declined to file any federal criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s canceled private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The main reason:...

Otter ad rebuts Balukoff’s CCA claims

BOISE – Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has launched a new TV ad striking back at Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff and defending Otter’s handling of a private-prison scandal. It’s the first time that Otter’s campaign has directly mentioned Balukoff in one of its ads, though two outside groups have been running ads attacking Balukoff and trying to tie him to President Barack Obama.

Balukoff targets Otter connections to prison scandal in ad

BOISE – The gloves have come off in Idaho’s governor’s race, with Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff launching a hard-hitting new ad faulting GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s handling of a scandal involving the state’s largest prison. Idaho took over operation of the Idaho Correctional Center this year from private operator Corrections Corporation of America, after multiple lawsuits, reports of violence so intense that the prison was dubbed “Gladiator School,” and evidence that CCA had fraudulently overbilled the state for thousands of hours of guard duty that were never worked.