by Andrew Crisp
More than 400 Idaho inmates will be moved to a private Colorado prison facility, according to the State Department of Correction, if prison populations continue to grow at their current rate.
IDOC informed the Corrections Corporation of America this week of its plans to award a contract that includes moving some Idaho inmates to a facility in Burlington, Colo.
That CCA facility met IDOC requirements for bed availability, security practices, inmate supervision and experience managing medium-custody inmates, according to prison officials.
IDOC will send 250 male medium-custody inmates out of state in July or August when the contract is finalized.
Idaho's inmate population currently sits at 8,099, with more than 500 new inmates in fiscal year 2011 alone. If the population continues to grow at that rate, said IDOC, they may see as many as 450 inmates moved to the Colorado location.
CCA also runs the Idaho Correctional Center, the facility under fire for violence and alleged misconduct by prison guards.