FBI Investigates Private Prison Nicknamed "Gladiator School"

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Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

In what is one of the most disturbing private prison stories you’ll ever hear, a facility in Idaho run by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) in under investigation by the FBI due to claims it was so violent inmates called it “Gladiator School.” So how does a prison transform into such a place? Apparently, CCA was so eager to cut costs that it chose to understaff the facility and hand over control to prison gangs.

I’ve covered private prisons on many occasions in the past, including this CCA facility in particular. I think private prisons are one of the worst ideas possible in a democratic society. I suggest you read some of my prior articles:

A Deep Look into the Shady World of the Private Prison Industry

Idaho Dumps Private Prison Company Due to “Violence, Understaffing and Over-billing”

America in 2013: Florida Football Stadium Named After a Private Prison Company

America in 2013: For-Profit Prisons Get Favorable Tax Breaks

Now from the AP:

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The FBI has launched an investigation of the Corrections Corporation of America over the company’s running of an Idaho prison with a reputation so violent that inmates dubbed it “Gladiator School.”


The Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA has operated Idaho’s largest prison for more than a decade, but last year, CCA officials acknowledged it had understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract. CCA also said employees falsified reports to cover up the vacancies. The announcement came after an Associated Press investigation showed CCA sometimes listed guards as working 48 hours straight to meet minimum staffing requirements.


“The FBI is investigating CCA and looking at whether various federal fraud statutes were violated and possibly other federal statutes connected with the fraud,” Olson said. “They will be working in close consultation with our office. Beyond that I can’t comment.”


The understaffing has been the subject of federal lawsuits and a contempt of court action against CCA. The ACLU sued on behalf of inmates at the Idaho Correctional Center in 2010, saying the facility was so violent that inmates called it “Gladiator School” and that understaffing contributed to the high levels of violence there.


In 2012, a Boise law firm sued on behalf of inmates contending that CCA had ceded control to prison gangs so that they could understaff the prison and save money on employee wages, and that the understaffing led to an attack by one prison gang on another group of inmates that left some of them badly injured.


The Department of Justice requested a copy of a forensic audit done for the Idaho Department of Correction earlier this year. That audit showed that CCA understaffed the prison by as much as 26,000 hours in 2012 alone; CCA is strongly contesting those findings. CCA’s Owen has said the company believes the audit overestimates the staffing issues by more than a third.


CCA’s contract with Idaho was worth about $29 million a year. In February the company agreed to pay Idaho $1 million to settle the understaffing claims.

Sound like a JP Morgan type settlement.

Full article here.

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Hayabusa's picture

If Russel Crowe ever gets locked up there he'll rule the roost!

Sudden Debt's picture

Russel Crowe, Steven Seagul and that guy who's tears cure cancer! All in one prison!

johnQpublic's picture

can we send a prison compay to jail?

jaap's picture

Brought to you by.....

Rick Blaine's picture

Escape from New York (I won't disgrace the original by even mentioning the sequel)

No Escape

The Running Man

Death Race

...take your pick.

Stackers's picture

If you're wondering where CCA got the idea they probably looked into how the US Gov ran it's WW-II prison of war camps here....... see above arctl for that description

ParkAveFlasher's picture

What really surprises me is that the inmates, by all measurable KPIs, weren't reported to run the thing better than any bureaucracy possibly could.

Murf_DaSurf's picture



Two men enter, one man leave! Thunderdome!!

The Alarmist's picture

To put it in the words of the inestimable Max Keiser, "Casino Gulag!"

A Nanny Moose's picture

"If all that Americans want is security, they can go to prison. They'll have enough to eat, a bed and a roof over their heads." ~ IKE

Frank N. Beans's picture

can we send banksters to this prison?


rlouis's picture

I'm curious JQ Public; sometimes, recently, the vote counting device stops working, or shows an error message.  I wonder how many people would have up-voted your post.

Tall Tom's picture

Are you here searching for "validation" and "Social Approval"? Aren't you well grounded in you own beliefs and assessments?


Now that is fuckin' hilarious. LMAO.


Downvote this you God Damned Socialists.

The Alarmist's picture

"Can we send banksters to this prison?"

You clearly need to be sent to the re-education camp, serf.

RaceToTheBottom's picture

Next time they come out to Jackson Hole, divert the plane

Drachma's picture

Yes, a special jail for criminal prison companies, run by a special prison company, which happens to be a wholly owned subsidiary of the prison company going to jail. Interesting hedging strategy, wouldn't you say?

Tall Tom's picture

DO NOT FIX THAT PRISON. Then send all of the executives to that prison so that they will know just how it feels and know what they have done....for a profit.


That would be the epitome of "Just desserts." Do not hold your breath as it will not happen.


Fuck them. If justice is not served on earth then they will experience it in Hellfire.


I hope they like being buttfucked by Satan.


There is a God...that so many here mock. You will be surprised and it will not be pleasurable. Of that I am certain.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

Anyone ever consider that perhaps there are too many laws?

I guess that's just life in the land of the banned.

zhandax's picture

Anyone here ever not consider there are too many laws?  Natural consequence of allowing Rupert Murdock and friends to control the 'media', whose first demand at any national discomfort is to cry for congress to 'do something'.  All that 'doing something' by a collection of paid corporate stooges culminates in the cluster-fuck we see today.

TruthHunter's picture

The Supreme Court said corporations were people. Some need "capital" punishment.

zhandax's picture

Most of them owned by more than a dozen people need "capital" punishment.

The Alarmist's picture

Uh, OK, I'll up-arrow you for being to the point.

rucunus's picture

my guess is poor russell's forehead wouldn't leave the ground much...

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

CCA as*h*les should have all of their contracts yanked.  Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people, they should not be cushy Motel 6´s.  Prisoners, even the bad ones, have some of the Divine within.  They are people too.

"Gladiator Schools" should be voluntary only.  Some people just like to fight, so those people should have the right to go (or be sent) to places where they can slug it out.  In a way, a place for those criminals behind bars to have their own fighting rings amy not be such a bad thing: Darwinian evolution.

Overfed's picture

Privatized for-profit-prisons are one of the biggest abominations ever foisted on us by our sociopathic "reperesentatives".

N2OJoe's picture

I'm all for that, DCRB, as long we don't give them medical treatment on my dime...

Tall Tom's picture

You are right. We need to torture them. Those Drug Users are less than human. (I hope it happens to your kids.)

New_Meat's picture

here in the commonwealth, we are compelled to give a wife-murder a "chopadickoffame" operation.

In any sane society, that would be an offense v. the 8th Amendmend wrt cruel and unusual.

Here, it is a mercy (on the taxpayer's dime), not cruel and while very unusual, the court voyeurs enjoy.

- Ned

SubjectivObject's picture

The whole police and prison complex is Monsters Inc.

I vote we send the monsters who vote their funding to spend more than a little time in their privatized creation.

Plus when the apathetic sheepschitts conveniently ignore that their government or government sanctioned entities break the laws without the consequence of justice, then they sheepschitts are acessory to the crimes and increase their liklihood to be victims of the crimes.

Tim_'s picture

Next they will privatize the police force.

Minnesota town to replace police with private security force

"The central Minnesota town of Foley tried having its own police department and contracting with the county sheriff's department for law enforcement."

"Starting in January, it plans to employ a private security company to patrol its streets."

"Firman said an entirely private security force is a new approach, and his organization hasn't gotten many calls from communities considering the idea."

cougar_w's picture

Good jobs for all the guys coming back PTSD'ed from Islamistan.

Dr. Sandi's picture

There's a new sheriff in town and his name is Mall Cop.

Tim_'s picture

Despite Red Flags About Judges, a Kickback Scheme Flourished

"In what authorities are calling the biggest legal scandal in state history, the two judges pleaded guilty to tax evasion and wire fraud in a scheme that involved sending thousands of juveniles to two private detention centers in exchange for $2.6 million in kickbacks."

"On Thursday, the State Supreme Court ordered that the records be cleaned for hundreds of the 2,500 or so juveniles sentenced by Judge Ciavarella, and in the coming weeks, the two judges will be sentenced, under a plea agreement, to more than seven years in prison."

"The county had a conviction rate for young people that was ten times higher than that of the rest of Pennsylvania" (Source).

Offthebeach's picture

"The State of California 9 billion dollar a year fail racket

""""Ms. Petersilia explains, “The formula is simple: more prisoners lead to more prisons; more prisons require more guards; more guards means more dues-paying members and fund-raising capability; and fund-raising, of course, translates into political influence.”


Everything is for profit. Non-profit is a lie. Nothing gets done with out cash. Hard cold cash.


BigJim's picture

 Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people

My understanding is most people in prison are there for victimless crimes like marijuana possession. 

LFMayor's picture

They're all innocent.  I mean come on, all you have to do is ask them. 

El Vaquero's picture

And how many of the people convicted for murder, who actually did commit that murder are in there because they were one thug shooting another thug over who gets to sell that marijuana on a particular street?  That's not even getting into innocent people getting convicted or taking a plea deal because a heavy handed prosecutor charged them with 5 felonies to get a plea deal for a lesser felony or a misdemeanor. 

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

The only thugs in Idaho shooting other people over MJ are cops.  They don't go to prison.

SmackDaddy's picture

Not really.  They lock 'em up on the MJ charge when they cant prove the violent felony...

Tall Tom's picture

If they cannot prove the violent felony then there is supposed to be a presumption of innocense until PROVEN GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT.


Go get them you Fascist SOCIALIST PIG. Your Red Skirt is showing.

kchrisc's picture

"Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people..."

Correction: Mostly for people seized in the DC US' civil war against the American people, commonly called "The war on drugs." Also for anyone else that shows less than loyalty to the criminal pols, crats and banksters. Just unlocking one's phone and can get that person a 5 years trip to one of the DC US' gulags.


"My guillotine is open source."

Nehweh Gahnin's picture

Hurr in Ahdaho, we sends our dope smokers to Gald ... glatiad ... that prison up yonder, to toughen 'em up.

-- Gov. Butch (Sof Porn) Otter

Double.Eagle.Gold's picture

Motel 6's are hell-holes, I'd prefer a nice clean comfy Federal hotel which now includes free Health care.

Tall Tom's picture

Yes, prisons are mostly for BAD people, they should not be cushy Motel 6´s.  Prisoners, even the bad ones, have some of the Divine within.  They are people too.


Yes I agree. The 80% incarcerated population in Prisons for DRUG CRIMES are really bad, DCRB. They are so terrible. They need to be waterboarded daily.


"Gladiator Schools" should be voluntary only.  Some people just like to fight, so those people should have the right to go (or be sent) to places where they can slug it out.  In a way, a place for those criminals behind bars to have their own fighting rings amy not be such a bad thing: Darwinian evolution.


Yeah I must agree with this too. In that way, when the meanest and most evil prisoners are released then they can victimize the rest of us. And it will be only the Fittest which survive. (Let me tell you a little secret...Did you know that they actually release Felons in society???)


Hopefully they can victimize your kids. I agree with you 100%. Let's fuck up anything that is of any value.


I am so glad that you thought that through.

ImReady's picture

Let me guess...Cop or Prison guard?

SilverRhino's picture

And apparently everyone who was ever sent there was convicted of using the banned term .... 




villainvomit's picture

If villainvomit pulled any weight, there would be pay per view fights every Sat night to pay for the prison system and villainvomit's social security that will never materialize.

Yep, fight to the death.  And in the main event, I would put in a Corzine here and a Holder there......you get the picture.  Damn, Killory would be a good draw....probably fifty bucks a head. 

Now that's change I can believe right there !!