Feds don't want Idaho prison lawsuit paused

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 5:36 PM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal prosecutor says she doesn't need a lawsuit against a private prison company put on hold for an FBI fraud investigation at an Idaho detention facility.

U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson's statement comes in response to a request from Corrections Corporation of America lawyers.

The Nashville, Tenn.-based company had asked a judge this week to pause the suit from eight inmates who say they were attacked by a prison gang because there weren't enough guards on duty.

CCA officials say the recently announced federal probe could influence the case against them. The company has acknowledged understaffing the facility by thousands of hours in 2012, but says the unit that housed the inmates who are suing was not understaffed at the time of the attack.

The FBI is investigating whether the company committed fraud by understaffing the prison and giving the state falsified staffing reports.

It's not immediately clear when a judge will rule on the request.

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