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Eagle Pass Correctional Facility update



Like all Idaho Department of Correction facilities, visiting and volunteer services have been suspended at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Eagle Pass, Texas. 

A total of 610 men from Idaho are incarcerated there under IDOC’s jurisdiction. 

All staff entering the facility are being questioned and examined for indications that they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and so far, there have been no indications the virus has spread to Maverick County where the facility is located. 

Story published: 03/20/2020

Commissary warehouse gets a deep-cleaning

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Here’s another way we’re working to keep the people who live and work in IDOC’s correctional facilities safe and healthy.

The company that provides commissary services, Keefe Commissary, has deep cleaned its warehouse and has been conducting morning health screenings of inmate workers and Keefe’s employees.

Story published: 03/19/2020

CenturyLink to provide 2 free estamps and calls to help families with incarcerated loved ones


Thank you, CenturyLink for helping families of people in Idaho Department of Correction custody stay in touch with their loved ones while visitation is closed. 

Beginning March 20, 2020, CenturyLink through JPay will provide two free estamps per week to each IDOC inmate, which can be used to send emails or VideoGrams to friends and family.

These free eStamps will be provided until the further notice.

Two estamps will be loaded to the inmate’s JPay account on Friday each week

Story published: 03/17/2020

ISCI’s American Legion Post 202 Answers the Call

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By W. Charles Durrant, Education Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Institution

In an effort to help safeguard their facility and reduce the spread of illness, more than 30 members of Idaho State Correctional Institution’s American Legion Post 202 are cleaning and sterilizing the housing units of ISCI twice per day with crews of no less than ten workers per shift.

Community service is at the very heart of The American Legion’s core beliefs and an integral part of the Preamble to the Constitution of the Legion, the Sons and the Auxiliary, "…to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation…"

Story published: 03/17/2020

Suspension of visitation and volunteer services to continue till April 1

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In the interest of protecting the men and women in IDOC’s custody and the department’s staff, the suspension of visiting and volunteer services will continue at all IDOC facilities till April 1. We will revisit the decision as we get closer to that date.  

We recognize that having visitation closed is hard on families. So does our phone provider, CenturyLink. Starting today (March 16), the company will be providing all members of IDOC’s incarcerated population with two free 15-minute calls per week. 

Story published: 03/16/2020

How we're responding to COVID-19


Last Friday, March 13, all IDOC correctional facilities were placed on a modified secure status.

We also suspended visitation and volunteer programs.

We’re pleased to report that all facilities are operating smoothly, and we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our incarcerated population

We’re constantly reviewing our procedures and doing everything we can to keep it that way.  

Story published: 03/16/2020

Parole commission statement on upcoming hearings

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The Commission of Pardons and Parole has been monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and considering options for hearings related to parole and revocation. On Friday March 13th, Governor Little declared a state of emergency in Idaho related to COVID-19 and later that day the first confirmed case was announced in Ada County. The Idaho Department of Correction has cancelled inmate visiting and volunteer services to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 illness to staff and the inmate population.  

Story published: 03/15/2020

Visiting and volunteer programs suspended at all IDOC facilities

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The confirmation of a case of COVID-19 in Idaho has prompted the Idaho Department of Correction to move to its next stage of mitigation measures for the illness.

Out of an abundance of caution, and the care and concern for staff and the people in the IDOC’s custody, visiting is suspended at all the department’s correctional facilities statewide, including its community reentry centers, effectively immediately.

IDOC has also suspended all volunteer programs. Volunteers are asked to not report to the facilities.

Story published: 03/13/2020

Visiting open at IDOC facilities

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Visiting remains open at all Idaho Department of Correction facilities but could be suspended on short notice.

Any change will be announced here. Please check this page for updates before heading out.

Staff and visitors who are experiencing flu or cold-like symptoms, or who believe they may have had contact with someone infected with COVID-19, are urged to stay home.

Story published: 03/13/2020

ICIO’s Alldrin recognized for 25 years of service

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By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Recently Corporal Ken Alldrin received his 25-Year certificate and letter from Governor Little.

Over the past 25 years Ken has done just about everything an officer and corporal could possibly do at ICIO.

Those around the state dealing with transport have more than likely seen him out and about.

The day of his certificate presentation he was doing ICIO Perimeter Patrol.

Lieutenant Chris Craig presented the certificate to Corporal Alldrin. 

Photo by Lt. Greg Heun, ICIO


Story published: 03/11/2020
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