by Roy Speckhardt
State officials in Idaho recently made major news when they announced that they would be taking control of a private prison which was built by the state in 1997 and run by a private corporation since that time. Under the deficient leadership of the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), multiple crimes were alleged to have occurred and the quality of life for inmates was said to greatly decrease. According to the Associated Press,
“The CCA prison has been the subject of multiple lawsuits alleging rampant violence, understaffing, gang activity and contract fraud by CCA. CCA acknowledged last year that falsified staffing reports were given to the state showing thousands of hours were staffed by CCA workers when the positions were actually vacant. And the Idaho state police is investigating the operation of the facility for possible criminal activity.”
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