The Idaho Department of Correction announced late Tuesday that 130 Idaho inmates have been moved to Colorado. The inmates flew out on a chartered jet from Boise to Denver Tuesday morning. From the Denver airport, the inmates traveled via bus to the Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, Colo.
IDOC announced in July that up to 800 prisoners could ultimately be transported to Colorado, under a new two-year agreement with the Corrections Corporation of America. IDOC already does quite a bit of business with CCA. The private-prison company operates the Idaho State Correctional Center at IDOC's prison campus, south of Boise. But CCA has come under continued fire for its operations, including an October 2011 report that indicated that Idaho inmates at ICC were more than twice as likely to be assaulted as those at other Idaho prisons. An Associated Press report revealed that during a 12-month span, ICC had 132 inmate-on-inmate assaults.
On April 20, the population at IDOC's prison campus reached more than 8,000 inmates. To ease the overpopulation, IDOC has been renting beds in county jails and will soon re-open a housing unit at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution.
IDOC Director Brent Reinke said today he didn't know how long Idaho inmates will be incarcerated at the Colorado facility, but it will likely be for a period of several years.
The last time IDOC had inmates out of state was from October 2005 through July 2009.