Idaho to End CCA Contract

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter asked the Idaho Board of Correction earlier this month to take over the operation of the 2,080-bed Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), the state’s largest prison. Gov. Otter is ending a $29 million contract with private contractor Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) after the facility has dealt with multiple lawsuits alleging violence, understaffing and contract fraud.

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Law Drafted for Public Operation of Idaho Prisons

BOISE, Idaho — Rep. John Gannon, D-Boise, drafted a proposal that would allow state agencies to bid on government work normally reserved for private companies. Specifically, this plan would allow the Idaho Department of Corrections to enter the running to take over operation of the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC). The Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) is currently in charge of running the prison.

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Joliet No Longer in Running for Private Immigrant Detention Center

JOLIET, Ill. — The Corrections Corporation of American (CCA) announced Monday that it will no longer consider Joliet, Ill. as a potential host city for a new immigrant detention center. The Immigration and Enforcement Customs, which would contract CCA to operate the detention center, will continue its search for a Chicago-area site.

The decision comes at a time in which immigration reform is being debated upon and the local lawmakers expressed heavy opposition.

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Unique Private Prison Deal Leads to Backlash

CONNEAUT, Ohio — A private prison in Ohio has been making headlines in all the wrong ways since the state sold the facility in 2011. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) paid the state $72.7 million for the Lake Erie Correctional Institution in an unprecedented move that the company’s representatives predicted would serve as a model for other states at the time. The private prison company sent correspondence to leaders in 48 other states, trying to encourage them to make similar deals.

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