Twin Falls Community Work Center

Twin Falls Community Work Center
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616 Washington Street South
Twin Falls, ID 83301
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Work Center’s closure reflects changes in Idaho corrections

BOISE, August 1, 2011 - The Idaho Department of Correction has completed the closure of Twin Falls Community Work Center. The closure marks the end of the work center’s 19 years of service to the state of Idaho and reflects the changing nature of the state’s inmate population.

"We have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the people of the Magic Valley," said IDOC Director Brent Reinke. "This facility has helped countless offenders turn around their lives and make the transition from prison back to their communities."

The work center employed 13 people. IDOC offered all of them new jobs. Only two declined the department’s job relocation offers. Five of the staff members received promotions.

IDOC operates four other community work centers. Two are in the Boise area, one is in Nampa and one is Idaho Falls. The building that houses the Twin Falls work center is the only work center building that is leased. The state of Idaho owns the other facilities.

The work centers’ mission is to help inmates return to society following a period of incarceration. But Idaho courts are now sentencing more offenders to intensive drug and alcohol treatment programs. As a result, the demand for work center beds has gone down.

IDOC announced its intent to close the work center on May 20, 2011. The closure of the facility makes available about $1 million which will be used to eliminate the amount of unpaid time off IDOC employees will be required to take in the new fiscal year which began on July 1, 2011.

The work center opened in July of 1992. The facility had 81 beds.

For more information contact:

Jeff Ray, Public Information Officer