BOISE -- Idaho's settlement with private prison company Corrections Corporation of America releases the company from all liability connected to the understaffing at the prison south of Boise, as well as any liability stemming from staffing issues not yet discovered.
But the full scope of the settlement is difficult to determine. The Idaho Attorney General's office, which reviewed the settlement on behalf of the state, refused to comment on the document, claiming attorney-client privilege. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's office referred all questions to the Idaho Department of Correction, and Division of Purchasing Administrator Bill Burns didn't return phone messages left by The Associated Press.
The Idaho Department of Correction also refused to comment on the settlement, saying only that it would not impede the Idaho State Police criminal investigation currently underway.