Colo. prison selected for Idaho prisoners

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Idaho has selected a Colorado prison to help house Idaho’s growing inmate population. This week, the Idaho Department of Correction notified Corrections Corporation of America of its intent to award a contract to house Idaho inmates at the Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, Colorado.

Idaho issued a request for proposals for beds in April. Two companies offered a proposal. The CCA proposal won based on an overall score of criteria that included bed availability, security practices, inmate supervision, and experience managing medium custody inmates.

If the inmate population continues to grow at the current rate, Idaho expects to house 450 inmates at the Colorado facility by this time next year.

Idaho’s inmate population is 8,099 and has grown by more than 500 inmates since the fiscal year began on July 1, 2011. Idaho is managing its prisons at capacity and also houses more than 800 inmates in county jails statewide.

The Department expects to finalize the bed contract in early July, and will send 250 male medium-custody inmates out of state in late July or early August. IDOC has already notified the inmate population, asking for volunteers for out-of-state placement.

Under Director Brent Reinke’s leadership, IDOC has created a Virtual Prison team. This team is charged with ensuring that contract housing is safe, appropriate and meets constitutional requirements.

Kit Carson Correctional Center is a medium male facility, owned and operated Corrections Corporation of America.

KCCC is located in eastern Colorado approximately 150 miles east of Denver. The Kansas state border is 14 miles from the prison. The prison has 1562 beds. It currently houses 720 Colorado inmates, and offered 768 beds for Idaho inmates.

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