Former inmate Hanni Elabed is shown during a July 26 interview in Boise, Idaho. Elabed suffered brain damage and persistent short-term memory loss after he was beaten by another inmate while multiple guards watched at the Idaho prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America.
The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed
being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison, managing to bang
on a prison guard station window, pleading for help. Behind the glass,
correctional officers look on, but no one intervenes when Elabed is
No one steps into the cellblock when the attacker sits down to rest,
and no one stops him when he resumes the beating.
Videos of the attack obtained by The Associated Press show officers
watching the beating for several minutes. The footage is a key piece
of evidence for critics who claim the privately run Idaho Correctional
Center uses inmate-on-inmate violence to force prisoners to snitch on
their cellmates or risk being moved to extremely violent units.
On Tuesday, hours after the AP published the video, the top federal
prosecutor in Idaho told the AP that the FBI has been investigating
whether guards violated the civil rights of inmates at the prison,
which is run by the Corrections Corporation of America.
What is the inmates’ nickname for this CCA-run prison?