Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cost of Understaffing Idaho's Private Prison: $1 Million

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Corrections Corporation of America has made an agreement with the Idaho Board of Correction for understaffing Idaho's largest prison, the Idaho Correctional Center, the Associated Press reports.

CCA will pay the Gem State $1 million for the violation of its contract after it acknowledged in 2013 that its employees had falsified staffing records filed with the state, which made it appear that thousands of hours of guard posts were filled when, in fact, they'd been left vacant for months.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based company said that the sum it will pay doesn't reflect hours it had overbilled the state given the complexity of the issue.

Meanwhile, the state has decided to retake control of the ICC, which has experienced a rash of violence and other problems.

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