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Idaho Inmates Claim Gangs Run Prison

November 13, 2012  | 

A gang war that appears to have taken over parts of an Idaho private prison is spilling into the federal courts, with some inmates contending prison officials are ceding control to gang leaders in an effort to save money on staffing.

Eight inmates at the Idaho Correctional Center are suing the Corrections Corporation of America, contending the company is working with a few powerful prison gangs to control the facility south of Boise.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Boise's U.S. District Court, paints the prison as a place where correctional officers work in fear of angering inmate gang members and where housing supervisors ask permission from gang leaders before moving anyone new into an empty cell. The inmates also contend that CCA officials use gang violence and the threat of gang violence as an "inexpensive device to gain control over the inmate population," according to the lawsuit, and that housing gang members together allows the company to use fewer guards, reducing payroll costs.

Read the full Associated Press story.

Comments (5)

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C.O. @ 11/13/2012 7:32 PM

Not shocking. That's what happens when you privatize prisons to save money. Eventually people get hurt or worse,killed!

Frank @ 11/13/2012 7:55 PM

Correct C.O. The Obama Administration is building many of these prisons all over the USofA. Another topic below the radar.

CJ @ 11/13/2012 9:08 PM

I fail to see the problem...if you can't do the time, don't do the crime!

S.S @ 11/14/2012 8:38 AM

This is not breaking news. Nothing new here.

Joe @ 11/15/2012 6:39 AM

C.O. and Frank,

How about we end the silly drug war, and then we can start closing prisons instead of opening up new ones?

Also, aren't the government owned prisons a place where people get hurt and/or killed all the time?

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