Idaho’s state prison population grown has fallen off below projections, and the state will be bringing back all 173 of its inmates who now are being housed in a private prison in Colorado by April, state Corrections Director Kevin Kempf told legislative budget writers this morning. … As a result, the state prisons are reverting $1.2 million back to the state general fund from their budget this year, Kempf said. And Gov. Butch Otter has revised his budget recommendation for next year, dropping it by $2.9 million in state general funds. Originally, the budget had anticipated 200 Idaho inmates being housed out-of-state next year; now, it’s zero.
Idaho still contracts with CCA to house 208 Idaho inmates at private Colo. lockup
Source: Betsy Z. Russell, Eye on Boise, November 6, 2015
Idaho currently doesn’t have any legal issues with the Corrections Corp. of America, Deputy Attorney General Paul Panther told the Legislative Council today, though the state still has a contract with a CCA-operated private prison in Colorado that’s currently housing 208 Idaho inmates, a contract that allows up to 750 Idaho inmates to be housed there. Idaho ended its contract with CCA last year to operate the state’s largest prison, the Idaho Correctional Center south of Boise, after CCA agreed to pay a $1 million settlement to the state for understaffing the violence-ridden lockup. The state now operates that prison, whose name has been changed to the Idaho State Correctional Center. … Idaho pays $55.17 per day per inmate to CCA, including all medical care costs. Full costs for the fiscal year came to $4.6 million, Higgins said, plus about $20,000 in transportation costs for inmates who had to be returned to Idaho for court hearings. There have been some problems with medical care there, he said, and the state has collected $7,000 in liquidated damages for failure to meet standards.