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As many as 1,000 Idaho inmates could soon be serving out their time in out-of-state prisons as the state grapples with overcrowding at home. The inmates could end up in a private prison facility – despite Idaho's long history of trouble when it comes to getting some private prison providers to meet the terms of their contracts...
The Justice Department is phasing out its use of corporate-run prisons, after concluding its experiment in privatization failed to reduce costs and assure the safety and security of inmates.
BOISE – Idaho will take over the operation of its largest prison from one of the nation’s biggest corrections contractors, abruptly ending an experiment with privatization at a facility that has been plagued by understaffing, violence, multiple lawsuits and allegations of contract fraud. Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced the move regarding the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise on Friday, saying it was “necessary” and “the right thing to do.”
Idaho is bidding goodbye to the private company that it hired to run its largest prison. It should add good riddance.
A potential class-action lawsuit against the nation’s largest private prison company over allegations of violence at the Idaho Correctional Center has been settled in federal court.