The Associated Press reports this morning that eight inmates are suing the Corrections Corporation of America, alleging that the private prison operator "is working" with prison gangs to control its Boise facility "and spend less on staffing."
The suit, filed Nov. 9 in Boise federal court, is the latest salvo against CCA which, according to an October 2011 AP report, ran the most violent lockup in the Gem State. AP obtained records that showed between September 2007 and September 2008, ICC had 132 inmate-on-inmate assaults, compared to just 42 at the state-run Idaho State Correctional Institution. Additionally, in 2008, ICC had more assaults than all other Idaho prisons combined, according to the AP.
The latest complaint alleges that CCA "fosters and develops criminal gangs" at its Boise lockup. Additionally, it alleges that prison housing supervisors "ask permission from gang leaders" before moving anyone new into an empty cell.
CCA spokesman Steve Owen told the AP in a statement: "We take all allegations seriously and act swiftly if our standards have not been met."
The office of Gov. Ç.L. "Butch" Otter chose not to comment to the AP on its story.