Read what some of the Free2Succeed mentors in District 4 are doing and how they are helping their mentees to keep moving forward in the Free2Succeed April newsletter.

The efforts of mentors are a continuation of the efforts of staff in the facilities and in the districts. Seeing those who were once incarcerated become themselves mentors to others in situations they were once in is a sure sign of success. [read more...]

GRANGEVILLE – Jimmy Novak was pushing a stroller full of his belongings down U.S. Highway 95 last week when a car came up behind him.

Lacey Graham came out, saying she was glad to have found Novak, and that she had something for him.

“It’s a challenge coin,” said Graham, the warden's assistant for North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood. “It's a way we recognize people who, through their efforts and contributions, have gone above and beyond the call of duty.” [read more...]

“That’s Life”— it’s about teaching inmates how to deal with real-life financial situations. 

Representatives from the University of Idaho, Lewis & Clark State College, and Washington State University recently came to ICIO to help facilitate this program with the ICIO education staff. 

Inmates were given random packets, which held the parameters of a financial life situation they were to work with that day. 

The packets had descriptions, such as occupation, family size, and monthly gross income. [read more...]

On April 6, 2019 several IDOC District 5 employees assisted The Idaho Fish and Game Department in reforesting the Dog Creek area 7.8 miles NNW of Gooding, ID. 

In July of 2018 a lightning strike sparked the fire, burning in total 16,325 acres.

In time the fire was contained with assistance of multiple departments.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game scheduled an event in April 2019 to replant Sage Brush in the area to assist populations of Antelope, Mule Deer and Sage Grouse. [read more...]