BOISE -- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter says a major transition at one of the prisons is on schedule and on budget.
But, there are concerns about security as the state takes over.
Private contractor Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) will no longer be operating the prison after June 30.
An overhaul like this is uncommon, so many of those involved are being cautious about the details of the transition.
CCA has run the facility in south Boise since it was built in 2000. Issues including understaffing and overbilling prompted the state's decision not to renew the company's contract. Instead, Idaho will step in and take over the prison system.
Otter says the state is well prepared for that change, which goes into effect in less than a week.
They are very ready to go, he said.
The governor's office says the warden, Randy Blades, has been going cell to cell to notify prisoners of the change.
While most people won't see much difference in day-to-day operations, those managing the prison want to be prepared.
They've had several run-throughs, what I mean is what do you do if this happens, training them up to our way of managing the facility, said Otter.
Both Otter and the Idaho Department of Correction say they have to be careful about how the shift will affect the inmates.
Both agencies aren't allowing media inside at this point, saying they want to maintain a safe environment during the transition.
I don't see any sense in putting anything at risk, and I'm following their lead, we are going to hold down any request for a public report on it until we feel good about our security, Otter said.
IDOC says employee uniforms will change, but most aspects of prison life for inmates, including food and recreation, will not.
I'm very satisfied with the confidence of the team out there that's taking over the CCA. But I would also tell you that we want to make sure we got it right and we are working on that, said Otter.
IDOC says 204 current staff members have been hired by the state, but could be transferred to another facility. The governor's office says they'll be adding about 300 workers.