Just days after the American Civil Liberties Union sued the operators of Idaho's largest prison, the Idaho Correctional Center, an Idaho Falls man who was savagely beaten and suffered what could be permanent brain damage there notified the state that he would sue for at least $25 million.
According to a tort claim filed March 16 with the Idaho Secretary of State, guards at the privately run ICC allowed Hanni Elabed to be severely beaten, "as a form of retribution connected with his refusal to participate in drug distribution at the ICC ..."
Elabed's attorney, Ben Schwartzman, said that Elabed was asked to distribute drugs in the prison, refused and reported the incident.
When is this trend in violence going to end? Based on the evidence to date, it seems clear that the situation at the Idaho Correctional Center is out of control. I encourage Director Reinke to take control of this unit and immediately break the contract with Corrections Corporation of America. Too many inmates are at risk and the failure to address the violence continues to place the state in a situation of continued liability.