Idaho Board of Correction

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As Idaho's inmate population swells, state officials are considering building a new state prison. The suggestion comes at a time when all of Idaho’s county jails and prisons are at or above capacity.


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The Idaho Board of Correction has appointed Henry Atencio as the new director of prisons two days after his predecessor, Kevin Kempf, gave his resignation notice.

The board unanimously appointed Atencio to the position Wednesday. The Idaho Senate must now ratify Atencio's appointment during the 2017 legislative session.

Corrections Corporation of America will pay Idaho $1 million for understaffing the state's largest prison in violation of its contract.

The agreement between the private prison company and the Idaho Board of Correction was announced Tuesday.

Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA acknowledged last year that its employees falsified staffing records given to the state, making it look as though thousands of hours of mandatory guard posts were filled when they were actually left vacant for months.

CCA says the payment makes Idaho taxpayers whole.