The Idaho arm of the American Civil Liberties Union says Corrections Corp. of America officials appear to not be following the terms of an agreement signed last year to improve safety conditions at a prison dubbed "Gladiator School." The organization this week sent a letter to the company saying as much. A day later, a group of inmates filed a lawsuit saying nothing much has changed.
The separate lawsuit filed by a group of eight inmates late last week echoed allegations made in the ACLU case, with the inmates saying CCA is working with a few powerful prison gangs to control the facility. The inmates contend correctional officers use gang violence and the threat of gang violence as an "inexpensive device to gain control over the inmate population," allowing the company to use fewer guards and reduce payroll costs.