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Idaho inmates say problems continue at ISCI

More than 25 years after a federal judge ordered Idaho to change the way it handled medical care, overcrowding and other issues at the Idaho State Correctional Institution, attorneys for inmates say problems in some areas of the prison near Boise are just as bad.

U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill were scheduled to hear arguments July 19 on whether he should close the oldest portions of the lawsuit that’s become known as the “Balla case'” or allow regular monitoring by the inmates’ attorneys to continue.

In a 65-page status report to the court, the inmates and their attorneys say the lawsuit should remain open and that medical care at the prison is in dire need of improvement.

But attorneys for the state say any problems at the prison could be best dealt with through new lawsuits, not a nearly 30-year-old case.

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