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The board members voted on the agreement on Feb. 3, Van Tassel said, and at the time they believed the Idaho State Police had already done a criminal investigation and decided that there was no crime to prosecute. Van Tassell said he thought the Idaho State Police investigation found that the CCA employees responsible for falsifying the staff reports had been fired.

“The way it was described to us or explained to us was that it was found that the people who had been dismissed by CCA hadn’t gained materially by their activities, therefore there was no crime. So we were left without any charges on the table, left with just civil remedies,” Van Tassel told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “Quite frankly, on Feb. 5th, when you told me that there hadn’t been any ISP investigation, that kind of floored me. I was at a loss for words.”

At that point, Van Tassel said, he believed the settlement agreement had already been signed and officially taken effect.

“I think that the board may have treated this a little differently had it been clear to us that (Idaho State Police) Col. Powell wasn’t going to present us with any factual findings pursuant to an investigation, which we felt were coming,” Van Tassel said.