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ACLU Idaho calls for more state prisons

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 BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho is calling for more state prisons. A-C-L-U-Idaho head Jack Van Valkenburgh says he hates to fight for more prisons -- that he'd prefer more money going to schools -- but that Idaho isn't providing minimally adequate care for inmates. The group objects to the placement of Idaho inmates in a Texas prison. Since more than 400 Idaho inmates were sent to the Newton County Correctional Center in Texas earlier this year, there has been an inmate protest over poor conditions there. And some employees at the prison were reprimanded for allegedly mistreating inmates. Van Valkenburgh says the state should look at other options for housing inmates -- including building new prisons so they can stay in their home state.
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