Prison violence video prompts lawmaker concerns

Prison violence video prompts lawmaker concerns

Prison violence video prompts lawmaker concerns

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 20 at 7:50 PM

BOISE -- A year after the brutal beating of an inmate at an Idaho prison was captured on surveillance video, the state Department of Correction is assuring lawmakers "things have improved."

While director Brent Reinke touted his agency's successes during a hearing Wednesday, he was briefly interrupted and asked what had been done to prevent a repeat of the inmate-on-inmate attack last January.

Reinke told lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee he couldn't talk about the attack because of pending litigation, but assured them his agency has boosted oversight of Idaho's only privately run prison.

Federal authorities confirmed in November, after The Associated Press published the video of the attack on former inmate Hanni Elabed, they were investigating inmate-on-inmate violence at the Idaho Correctional Center.

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