- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Associated Press reporter Rebecca Boone has won a national Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in public service journalism for a series of stories covering understaffing at Idaho’s largest prison.

Boone’s investigation revealed that private prison company Corrections Corporation of America falsified staffing records in violation of the company’s $29-million-a-year state contract. She also examined how the state missed warning signs of problems at the prison despite increased oversight of CCA’s operations.

The fallout from the investigation prompted Idaho to sever its relationship with CCA and take control of the prison, and the FBI to launch an investigation into whether CCA committed fraud.

The Society of Professional Journalists announced the Sigma Delta Chi winners on Wednesday.

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