Moral Low Ground


Guards Watch as Inmate Brutally Assaulted at ‘Gladiator School’ in Private Idaho Prison

November 30, 2010 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 0 Comments

Hanni Elabed, an inmate at the privately-operated Idaho Correctional Center, was brutally beaten into a coma by another inmate as prison guards watched for several minutes without intervening. They ignored Elabed’s desperate pleas for help and only took action minutes after the attacker finished his vicious assault.

The Elabed beating is one of many incidents of extreme violence at ICC, dubbed the “gladiator school” by inmates. ICC has a violence rate that is three times higher than at other Idaho prisons. Prison officials have denied inmates medical care in an attempt to conceal the extent of violence in the facility.

The company that runs ICC, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), has a long history of criminal misconduct. Male officers at CCA-run prisons in Colorado forced female employees to have sex with them or lost their jobs. CCA guards have been implicated in a sex abuse scandal in Kentucky as well.  A guard at a CCA immigration detention facility in Texas raped women slated for deportation.

Back in Idaho, Hanni Elabed, who was serving time for robbery, was released because his injuries were too severe to be treated behind bars. But he paid a hefty price for his freedom. He suffered serious brain damage as a result of the beating and has lost his short-term memory.

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