Private Prison Firm to Leave Idaho After a Decade of Scandal, Suits


Private prison giant Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) will leave Idaho after more than a decade marked by scandal and lawsuits surrounding its operation of the state's largest prison, reports the Associated Press. The Nashville.-based company will not bid on the next contract to run the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise.

The decision came as Idaho State Police, aided by a forensic auditing firm, is investigating allegations of possible contract fraud and falsified staffing reports involving CCA. A federal judge also has held CCA in contempt of court for failing to abide by the terms of a settlement agreement reached with inmates in a lawsuit claiming high rates of violence and chronic understaffing at the prison. Company spokesman Steven Owen said the company is taking appropriate steps to remedy staffing problems at the prison and is committed to reimbursing taxpayers for any unverified hours. CCA's contract with Idaho ends on June 30, 2014.

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