Money problems, overcrowding cause state of emergency
By Carissa Wolf
It's already been a rough year for the Idaho Department of Corrections, but a recent review of the books at Idaho's prisons has found that the state Department of Correction doesn't always keep tabs on cash flows and the resources don't exist to properly account for all prison funds.
The audit came about the same time that Idaho began shipping prisoners to Texas, to ease overcrowding. That move put prisoners in crowded housing facilities, and many of them complained of unexplained solitary confinement and inadequate resources, according to prison watchdogs and detainees.
On Tuesday, all that changed.
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