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Private prison workers sue CCA over safety issues

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REBECCA BOONE | January 24, 2014 04:03 PM EST | AP


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three current workers and one former worker at Idaho's largest private prison are suing their employer, Corrections Corporation of America, in state court over what they say is a dangerous work environment.

Mark Eixenberger, Mandi Bravo, Mario Vasquez and Leonard King filed the lawsuit in Boise's 4th District Court on Thursday against the Nashville, Tenn.-based CCA. The workers contend they sustained severe emotional distress and in one case, physical injuries, because they were put to work at the Idaho Correctional Center with broken equipment and inadequate training. In the lawsuit, the workers say they had broken radio sets, empty pepper spray canisters and were often left to work without basic equipment like handcuffs.

CCA has not yet responded to the lawsuit.