Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private company in the world, which engages in legalized slavery and human trafficking under the U.S. Constitution’s 13th Amendment, is under investigation by Idaho state police and the FBI after political pressure was brought to bear on Idaho’s governor. The company is being accused of falsifying work records to hide its understaffing of the prison so that it could accrue more profits, which led to prison gangs creating an environment so violent that those sentenced there dubbed it “Gladiator School.” The FBI and US Attorneys are looking at whether federal laws prohibiting fraud were violated.
The CCA has been targeted in the past by federal lawsuits. In 2010, the ACLU sued on the behalf of those imprisoned at the Idaho Correctional Center and charged that the deliberate understaffing led to the high incidents of violence within the prison. In 2012, a Boise law firm filed suit on behalf of inmates who said the CCA allowed prison gangs to rule the prison so that the company could increase the bottom line by saving money on employee wages and related costs.
Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in the past has resisted efforts to open a criminal investigation in the CCA’s business practices and even resisted calls for a criminal investigation from Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden this year. A research of campaign contributions revealed that Corrections Corporation of America was among the governors largest campaign contributors in his first run for governor of Idaho, which he won in 2006.
The CCA’s contract with Idaho is estimated to be worth about $29 million a year. Now that the FBI is investigating, Jon Hanian who is a spokesperson for Governor Otter said that Governor Otter thought the FBI’s involvement was “great.”