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Contempt Hearing Begins For Private Prison Company Operating In Idaho

An attorney for inmates at the Idaho Correctional Center says the Nashville, Tenn.-based Corrections Corporation of America is deliberately trying not to determine who was responsible for falsifying thousands of hours of staffing records at the Boise-area prison, in violation of a court order and a state contract.

ACLU attorney Stephen Pevar's comments to U.S. District Judge David Carter came Wednesday morning, during opening statements at a hearing over whether CCA should be held in contempt of court for violating a settlement agreement.

The inmates and the ACLU of Idaho brought the lawsuit in 2010, contending the CCA-run prison was so violent that prisoners call it "Gladiator School."

CCA denied the allegations, but reached a deal requiring widespread staffing and safety changes.