Judge Appoints New Watchdog for Balla Case at Correctional Institution


A Washington State physician has been asked to be a court-appointed watchdog to see if Idaho is complying with court orders at the Idaho State Correctional Institution.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill has pegged Dr. Marc Stern, a doctor and correctional health-care consultant from Tumwater, Wash., to provide input on the so-called "Walter Balla" case, named after the inmate who accused Idaho of overcrowding, poor access to medical care and other problems at the ISCI. Stern is tasked with determining if the state is in compliance with the Balla ruling that ordered improved medical and mental health care for inmates.