CCA Acknowledges Guards Watched Prison Beating


The private prison company which manages the Idaho Correction Center acknowledges its guards watched as an inmate was beaten, but they deny that they're responsible for any injuries the man suffered.

The statement from the Corrections Corporation of America comes in response to a lawsuit by former inmate Hanni Elabed, who said he was severely beaten by another prisoner, and guards failed to stop the melee. CCA said the guards watched the violence on video monitors.

CCA's response to the lawsuit doesn't say how long it took for an emergency response team to arrive on the scene.