A dispute over staffing hours at Idaho’s largest prison has led to a federal criminal investigation of Corrections Corporation of America, the nation’s largest for-profit prison operator, the Wall Street Journal reports. CCA agreed to pay the Idaho Department of Correction a $1 million settlement after saying it had billed the state for thousands of man-hours for staffers at the Idaho Correctional Center who weren’t on duty when they were supposed to be.
CCA spokesman Steve Owen said no one from the company had been contacted by the FBI. The company “conducted an internal investigation and have cooperated fully with the state from day one,” Owen said. CCA, which has operated the Idaho Correctional Center since it opened in 2000, has said it wouldn’t bid on a new contract to staff the prison when the current contract expires later this year.