Corizon, the Tennessee-based prison healthcare specialist, has been rewarded a new contract to provide medical care to inmates in Idaho's correctional facilities.
The Associated Press reports that the Idaho Board of Correction considered bids from four companies, and Corizon had the highest score, though it was also the most expensive proposal—$41 million per year. The three competing bidders—Centurion, CHC, Naphcare—have about a week to appeal the decision.
The AP reports that Corizon had been previously criticized when a court-appointed expert concluded that medical care at an Idaho prison was exceedingly poor. Corizon argued that it was meeting "national prison standards."