FBI investigates prison company
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into private prison company Corrections Corporation of America, which ran what Idaho inmates called “Gladiator School” because of a violent reputation they say understaffing helped create. The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA has operated Idaho’s largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract. CCA also said employees falsified reports to cover up the vacancies. The announcement came after an Associated Press investigation showed CCA sometimes listed guards as working 48 hours straight to meet minimum staffing requirements.