BOISE, Idaho -- The Idaho Department of Correction has flown 130 inmates to a prison in Colorado because Idaho's prison don't have enough room to hold the state's growing inmate population.
The inmates were flown Tuesday morning on a chartered jet to Denver, and from there they took a bus to the Kit Carson Correctional Center in Burlington, Colo. The prison is owned and operated by Corrections Corporation of America.
Idaho's inmate population reached more than 8,000 for the first time in April. The Department of Correction has been renting beds in county jails to ease the pressure, but that wasn't enough to accommodate the demand.
Department Director Brent Reinke says the move is hard on families, but the state is simply out of room.
IDOC staff say they don't know how long the inmates will be incarcerated at KCCC, but it will likely be for a period of several years.
The state says the last time IDOC had inmates house in a different state was from October 2005 until July 2009.
They also say Idaho's out-of-state inmate population was at its highest from July to September of 2008. During that time, 715 Idaho inmates were incarcerated in correctional facilities in Sayre, Oklahoma and Littlefield, Texas.