State on track to take over ICC institution in July

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - An official with Idaho Corrections Department says the agency is on track to take over operation of one of the state's largest prisons on July 1.

The Idaho Correction Center is currently operated by a private company.

Deputy Director Kevin Kempf tells The Times-News that the corrections agency feels good where it is now with the takeover.

Earlier this year, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced that the state would operate the Idaho Correction Center, just south of Boise, once its contract with Corrections of Corporation of America ended June 30.

Idaho taxpayers spend $29 million a year for CCA to operate the prison. The facility has been sued repeatedly and investigated for alleged violence, gang activity and understaffing.


Information from: The Times-News,