BOISE -- Idaho's top Democratic lawmakers have asked the FBI to investigate private prison company Corrections Corporation of America for possible criminal wrongdoing at the state's largest prison.

The letter sent to Boise FBI Agent Ernie Weyand on Thursday says the lawmakers are concerned that the Idaho State Police lacks both the manpower and expertise needed to properly investigate the Nashville, Tenn.-based company's activities in Idaho.

The lawmakers also say the investigation may cross state lines, putting it under federal jurisdiction.

CCA acknowledged last year that it understaffed the Idaho Correctional Center by thousands of hours in violation of the state contract and that employees falsified state reports to cover up the vacancies. The Idaho Department of Correction is currently in the process of taking over the prison south of Boise.


There have been a lot of developments in just the past month.

In August of 2013, CCA admitted to employees falsifying nearly 48,000 hours of staffing records This stemmed from an inmate lawsuit saying the prison was so violent they called it gladiator school.

In October of 2013, a judge found the company in contempt of court ruling under staffing was far worse than originally acknowledged. Also that month CCA announced it would be giving up control of the prison.

Things really started to pick up in February of this year.

On February 4, CCA announced an agreement to pay the state a million dollars for falsifying records.

Then on February 12, it pushed to declare an independent audit inconclusive. A company hired by IDOC found the prison understaffed by more than 26,000 hours.

On February 18, Governor Otter ordered Idaho State Police to conduct a criminal investigation on CCA.

And just Wednesday, Idaho's settlement with CCA released the company from all liability on under staffing issues including those not yet discovered.

State leaders are not commenting on the settlement because of ISP's criminal investigation.

KTVB will continue to follow this story and bring you the latest developments.

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