BOISE -- The Idaho Board of Correction will extend the state's contract with prison medical care company Corizon for at least one year.
Board members made the decision Tuesday afternoon. Corizon's contract was set to expire this July, but the board has the option of up to two one-year extensions. Now the state will begin seeking proposals from other companies interested in providing medical and mental health care to Idaho's prisons starting in January of 2014.
Corizon has a troubled past in Idaho: The Department of Correction has fined the company more than $200,000 for failing to meet basic contract requirements, and an expert appointed by the federal courts found last year that Corizon's medical care amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
Four other companies have expressed interest in the contract.