Private Prison Concerns

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The nation's largest operator of private prisons says its jails are more secure than government facilities.

Corrections Corporations of America houses about 63,000 inmates in Colorado and 19 other states. The company also said prison overcrowding could lead to more business.

The assertion of safety follows a summer that saw heavily publicized prison riots, included one in Colorado, and an ongoing murder investigation that might involve CCA guards.

In July, a prison riot heavily damaged the Crowley County Correctional Facility near Olney Springs, and left one inmate seriously injured.

The prison is one of four in the state owned and operated by CCA. It houses medium-security inmates from Colorado and other states.