Friday, March 19, 2010

CCA Oklahoma Warden in Boise for "Transition"

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 5:06 PM

The warden of a Corrections Corporation of America prison in Oklahoma where an Idaho inmate was killed by other inmates in 2008 is in Boise this week with a CCA transition team, after a shakeup in the leadership at the privately-run Idaho Correctional Center.

CCA, which manages Idaho's largest state prison, removed warden Phillip Valdez and assistant warden Daniel Prado from the helm at ICC this week after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the prison alleging extreme levels of violence which violated prisoners' constitutional rights.

Valdez and Prado remain employed by CCA and will be reassigned, CCA spokesman Steve Owen told citydesk in an e-mail.

Timothy Wengler was named interim warden at ICC, having been transferred from the 1,600-bed Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, Minn., which was shuttered in February because of a lack of customers.

Fred Figueroa, North Fork
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  • Fred Figueroa, North Fork
And Fred Figueroa, warden at CCA-operated North Fork Correction Facility in Sayre, Okla. toured the Idaho State Correctional Institution on Wed. as part of the CCA transition team.

"IDOC is working with Mr. Figueroa and the other members of the team to provide for a smooth transition," said Idaho Department of Corrections spokesman Jeff Ray.

Inmates at ISCI recognized Figueroa from their time spent at North Fork. Idaho housed inmates in Oklahoma between 2005 and July 2009 when 188 were brought back to the state and bunked at ICC. One source told citydesk that Idaho inmates saw Figueroa as a fair warden.

But one Idaho inmate was killed by other prisoners at North Fork under Figueroa's watch. On the evening of June 25, 2008, David Drashner, 51, of Canyon County was attacked and killed by other inmates. The Chief Medical Examiner in Oklahoma City ruled the death a homicide and according to a report obtained by citydesk, Drashner died from a traumatic brain injury.

We have not been able to determine if anyone was charged in Drashner's death.

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