Kelly v. Wengler Decided

March 3, 2014

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.

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