This case, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Idaho, seeks to put a stop to the culture of rampant violence that has led to carnage and suffering among prisoners at officials at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), the state-owned facility operated by the for-profit company Corrections Corporation of America (CCA).
The class action complaint identified epidemic violence at the facility as the direct result of, among other things, ICC officials turning a blind eye to brutality, a prison culture that relies on the degradation, humiliation and subjugation of prisoners, a failure to discipline guards whose misconduct precipitated assaults, and a reliance on violence as a management tool. After reaching a settlement agreement in September 2011 requiring policy changes and systemic improvements, the ACLU continues monitoring CCA’s compliance to ensure that violence is actually reduced, to protect both prisoners and guards.
Ninth Circuit Oral Argument Held in October 2015February 9, 2016
The district court (1) granted the ACLU's motion to hold CCA in contempt for violating the 2011 remedial order, and (2) awarded us attorneys' fees and costs of nearly $350,000. CCA appealed both the contempt ruling and the fee award to the Ninth Circuit.
On Oct. 13, 2015 the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument and we await a decision in the case.