BOISE-- Private prison company Corrections Corporation of America says it's highly disappointed and deeply concerned over The Associated Press' decision to release videos showing an Idaho inmate being beaten unconscious as guards looked on.
The video shows at least three Idaho Correctional Center guards watching as Hanni Elabed is stomped on a dozen times. About two minutes after the attacker stopped the beating of his own accord, the cell block door was unlocked.
Elabed bled inside his skull and would spend three days in a coma.
Hours after the AP published the video Tuesday, Idaho's top federal prosecutor said the FBI has launched a civil rights investigation of the staff at the prison.
The footage is a key piece of evidence for those who claim the center is a gladiator school because of its inmate-on-inmate violence.
CCA says release of the videos is an unnecessary security risk to its staff.