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Former Escaped Idaho Inmate Kills Self in Texas Prison

3-5-2007 Texas:

A sex offender from Idaho has apparently killed himself in a prison in Texas, where he'd been shipped with about 400 other inmates from Idaho to ease overcrowding.

Forty-three-year-old Scot Noble Payne was found unresponsive and bleeding in a shower about one in the morning yesterday. He died just over an hour later.

Prison officials say a razor was used to cause the wounds.

Payne had been in the news before: He escaped the same facility in December and spent a week on the run.

After that escape, he'd been put in isolation at the Dickens County Correction Center.

He was sentenced to up to 20 years in December 2002 in Ada County for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16. ..more.. by KTVB News

Suicide shows squalid conditions in privately run Texas prison
7-6-2007 Texas

BOISE, Idaho — The private Texas prison where an Idaho sex offender killed himself was called by an Idaho investigator the worst he'd ever seen.

Scot Noble Payne's March Fourth death at the Dickens County Correctional Center in Texas has brought to light not only the squalid conditions there - but also Idaho's pattern of lax monitoring of inmates it sends out of state.

Over a period of seven months, Idaho only sent inspectors there one time. Other states such as Washington have full time monitors for their out-of-state inmates.

Brent Reinke, Idaho's prison director, says he should have acted sooner to find out what conditions were like.

The GEO Group, the Florida-based company that runs Dickens, says it's working with Idaho to improve the facility.

But yesterday, Idaho said it plans to move all 125 inmates there to other facilities.

Idaho first moved inmates out-of-state in 2005 to remedy overcrowding.

But prisoners say ever since, they've been forgotten.

Convicted robber Robert Coulter says, "They basically put us down here and just dumped us." ..more.. by The Associated Press

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