The corrections department documents also imply that guards may have helped the inmates plan for the attack shown in the security footage, or they at the least looked the other way.
A similar incident, with a group of gang members hiding in a closet to attack rivals, happened less than a year ago, according to the reports, so CCA guards knew such an attack was a possibility.
In the May attack, only one guard was on hand because the other had gone to get candy bars and sodas for the inmates in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, according to the reports, and cell searches were sometimes skipped or shoddily done, allowing the inmates to build and store weapons.
Guards apparently also failed to take the basic security measure of doing a head count as offenders moved from the cellblock to the dining and recreation areas, so it wasn’t immediately clear that the six inmates were hiding in the janitor’s closet.
Security video and investigation records obtained by Angstman, Johnson & Associates: http://http://www.angstman.com/cca/
Idaho Department of Correction: http://www.idoc.idaho.gov/
Corrections Corporation of America: http://www.cca.com