Owen said in response to that lawsuit that the safety and security of CCA's facilities, employees and inmates are a top concern. He said any allegations are promptly investigated and, if the company's standards aren't met, are swiftly remedied.
Other inmates have reached settlements with CCA in the past, getting payouts from the company for their alleged damages. But those settlement amounts are always confidential.
Former inmate Marlin Riggs originally was part of the 2010 lawsuit but eventually split from the larger group to pursue his own case because he was the only inmate seeking monetary damages. Riggs had asked for $55 million, but it's unclear how much CCA actually settled the case for because both sides agreed to keep it secret.
The Associated Press filed a court motion asking a judge to unseal the settlement, citing the public interest in the case and the fact that CCA, while a private company, was carrying out a government function in Idaho. However, U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge ruled that the interests of Riggs and CCA in keeping the settlement confidential outweighed the interest that the public has in learning its terms.