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Idaho’s Reinke calls Val Verde a “Pleasant Surprise”

After visiting GEO Group's lawsuit-prone Val Verde Detention Center in Del Rio, Texas, Idaho Department of Corrections head described the facility as a “pleasant surprise.” As we reported earlier in the week, Reinke announced that he would actually visit the Val Verde prison before sending 56 Idaho prisoners there.

The Val Verde facility has already settled lawsuits over racial discrimination and sexual assault and neglect. As a result of the lawsuits, the county must now provide a monitor for the facility.

Idaho was forced to move its prisoners from GEO’s Dickens County lock-up after an inmate suicide revealed “squalid” conditions at the jail. Idaho prisoners formerly at Dickens have also being sent to GEO’s Bill Clayton Unit, which itself has seen escapes and disturbances by out-of-state prisoners upset at conditions.

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