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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD)

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Idaho Correctional Center – ACLU Lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action lawsuit alleging conditions at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), which is operated by Corrections Corporation of America, violated inmates’ rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. The lawsuit alleged epidemic violence at the facility, including a culture fostered by ICC officials that relies on the degradation, humiliation, and subjugation of prisoners. The complaint highlighted 24 cases of assault occurring at ICC since November 2006 which were allegedly preventable by ICC officials. In September 2011, a settlement was reached in which CCA admitted no wrongdoing and agreed to staffing and safety changes at the facility. In September 2012, a federal court held CCA in contempt for not abiding by terms of the settlement agreement regarding staffing requirements. According to the court, “[It] is clear that there was a persistent failure to fill required mandatory positions, along with a pattern of CCA staff falsifying rosters to make it appear that all posts were filled. Defendants did not keep clear records, did not specifically inquire about compliance with staffing levels, and thus they did not take all reasonable steps to comply with the Settlement Agreement.” As a result, the court extended the deadline of the agreement by two years (to September 20, 2015), ordered CCA to hire an independent monitor to ensure full compliance, imposed a fine of $100 an hour if there are more than 12 hours of missing guards in a month, and ordered CCA to pay the ACLU’s attorneys’ fees and costs incurred in connection with the contempt motion and resulting discovery and hearings. (See related Corrections Corporation of America instances, “Fraudulent Billing and Understaffing at Idaho Correctional Center” and “Jepsen v. CCA (Wrongful Termination)”).

Misconduct Type
Human Rights
Enforcement Agency
Non-Governmental
Contracting Party
State/Local
Court Type
Civil
Disposition
Settlement
Date of Complaint
3/11/2010
Contractors Involved Penalty
Total
Corrections Corporation of America $0
Further Information Released
ACLU Press Release (Sept. 2013) 9/16/2013
Contempt Decision and Order 9/16/2013
ACLU Press Release (March 2010) 3/11/2010
Complaint 3/11/2010

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Federal Contractor Misconduct Database