STATE PRISON AND COUNTY JAILS
PRIVATE PRISON FACILITIES
20-807. Out-of-state prisoners. (1) A board of county commissioners may authorize a private prison contractor operating a private prison facility within the county and the governing body of a city may authorize a private prison contractor operating a private prison facility within the city to house specific minimum to medium security prisoners convicted of offenses committed against the laws of a governmental entity other than the state of Idaho or its political subdivisions pursuant to contract with the private prison contractor and subject to the review and approval of the prisoners by the department of correction. Provided however, that in no event shall a board of county commissioners or the governing body of a city authorize, nor shall the department of correction approve, housing of any maximum or close custody prisoners, inmates imprisoned for sexual offenses or prisoners with a history or record of institutional violence involving the use of a deadly weapon, a history or record of committing any act of an assaultive nature that would qualify as a felony under the laws of the state of Idaho against any prisoner, employee or visitor while confined, or a history or record of escape or attempted escape from secure custody.
(2) Out-of-state prisoners may be housed in a private prison facility only if the following requirements are met:
(a) The custody level capacity and availability in the private prison facility is adequate to house the prisoners;
(b) The private prison contractor and the board of county commissioners or the governing body of the city, in cooperation with state and local law enforcement agencies, and other appropriate governmental entities and agencies, have developed a written plan explaining the procedure to be used to coordinate law enforcement and other necessary activities in response to any riot, rebellion, escape or other emergency situation occurring in or on the grounds of, or otherwise in connection with, the facility;
(c) The private prison facility meets standards for the care, custody, treatment and control of prisoners which comply with constitutional minimums, state and federal laws and applicable court orders and any additional standards required by the county or the city;
(d) Each prisoner to be paroled or released from custody must be transported and released by the private prison contractor or its agent in the sending governmental entity’s jurisdiction;
(e) Before transferring the prisoner to Idaho, the private prison contractor shall obtain prior approval of the department of correction pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. Prior to housing any proposed prisoner in the private prison facility, all records in the possession of, or available to, the sending entity including, but not limited to, classification, medical information, conduct and confinement history of the prisoner shall be provided to the department of correction for review and the department shall have the authority to approve or reject housing of the prisoner based on standards as set forth pursuant to this chapter. Provided however, that in lieu of providing medical information of a prisoner, a sending entity may elect to certify, by a physician licensed in this state and employed by, or under contract with, the private prison facility, that the prisoner under consideration for placement in the facility has been tested, and has not tested positive, for the presence of HIV antibodies or antigens, hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus and tuberculosis;
(f) The sending governmental entity will not transfer and the private prison contractor will not accept a prisoner who has a history or record of institutional violence involving the use of a deadly weapon, a history or record of committing any act of an assaultive nature that would qualify as a felony under the laws of the state of Idaho against any prisoner, employee or visitor while confined or a history or record of escape or attempted escape from secure custody;
(g) The private prison contractor will determine the prisoner’s custody level in order to ensure that the custody level assignments for the facility as a whole are compatible with the construction security level availability in the facility. If it is determined by the county or the city or the private prison contractor that the prisoner poses a substantial risk to the community, prison population or staff or should be classified as maximum security or close custody, the prisoner will be returned to the sending governmental entity.
(3) Neither this section nor any other provision of this chapter shall be construed to authorize the release of an out-of-state prisoner confined in a private prison facility on work release, furlough or other release from the facility except as provided in any contract authorized in this chapter or as provided by county or city ordinance.
(4) The provisions of this section shall not be construed as a limitation upon the authority of the state of Idaho, a county or a city of this state to incarcerate, detain or place a person convicted of an offense committed against the laws of the United States, a territory of the United States, another state or a political subdivision thereof in a correctional facility, county jail or other governmental detention facility in this state pursuant to the laws of the United States, the state of Idaho or other applicable law.
[20-807, added 1998, ch. 360, sec. 1, p. 1128; am. 2000, ch. 272, sec. 11, p. 794; am. 2001, ch. 335, sec. 6, p. 1187.]