The Idaho Department of Correction starts preparing inmates for their release from prison on their first day in prison.
All inmates begin their period of incarceration at a reception and diagnostic unit. The men’s unit is at Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise. The women’s unit is at Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center in Pocatello.
While at the reception and diagnostic unit, correctional specialists use a variety of tools to assess each inmate. Then, a team of professionals uses those assessments to put together a plan, called a treatment pathway. It’s kind of like a road map. The treatment pathway shows where the inmate will be housed, when they will be housed there and in what programs they will be enrolled during their entire time in prison. The goal of the treatment pathways process is to assure that the right inmate is in the right program at the right time, so more offenders get the opportunities they need to be ready for release when they become eligible for parole.
Since adopting this process in 2009, treatment pathways have helped thousands of inmates turn around their lives, and, as a result, played an important role in reducing IDOC’s prison population. Despite all of the progress, some inmates are still not complet