The Idaho Department of Correction is responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of felony offenders in Idaho. IDOC operates eight prisons, four community work centers and numerous probation and parole offices. In addition, the department monitors the contracts between the state of Idaho, two privately-run prisons south of Boise, and out of state housing.
A three-member panel, called the Board of Correction, oversees IDOC. The governor appoints the members. They serve six-year terms. In turn, they hire a director who directs all aspects of the department’s operations.
IDOC is comprised of four divisions; Prisons, Management Services, Education, Treatment and Renetry, and Probation and Parole. Each division is led by a chief who is named by the director.
IDOC employs about 1,550 people. Most of them are correctional officers and probation and parole officers who are trained at the Peace Officer Standards Training Academy in Meridian.
IDOC also employs a variety of non-uniform staff. They include teachers, mental health clinicians and drug and alcohol rehabilitation specialists.
In addition to incarcerating and supervising inmates, IDOC assists the Idaho Commission for Pardons and Parole in the review of offenders’ cases, and supports Idaho courts by preparing pre-sentence investigations.