The Idaho office of the U.S. Attorney confirmed to Citydesk that a full investigation has been launched by the FBI and the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division into the Idaho Correctional Center.
ICC is a privately managed facility, but is under the organizational umbrella of the State Department of Correction. The private operator, the Corrections Corporation of America, came under fire earlier this year when allegations surfaced accusing prison guards of allowing severe beatings of inmates.
"We're looking into whether inmates' civil rights were violated," U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson told Citydesk. "I can't tell you where we are in the investigation, but at its conclusion, it could trigger federal charges."
"Our purview is specifically focused on the ICC prison," said Olson.