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A Veterans Day Message from Director Atencio

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Director Henry Atencio

This weekend we take time to reflect upon and thank the brave men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. Thank you for your service to our country!   

I’m proud of the many veterans who chose to work for the Idaho Department of Correction. You have continued to serve by helping make our communities a safer place to live and impacting the lives of those under our supervision.
Thank you!

Story published: 11/11/2018

Phones, computers down at parole commission

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If you’ve been having difficulty reaching staff at the Idaho Commission for Pardons and Parole, you’re not alone.

This week technical problems interrupted phone and computer service at the commission. 

The parole commission’s phones are back up, but staff continue to have computer issues. 

The Idaho Department of Correction has also had sporadic outages, but our IT team says IDOC’s service has been fully restored.

Story published: 11/10/2018

No visiting at ISCC on Nov. 13

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Visiting is cancelled at Idaho State Correctional Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, for parole board hearings.

Story published: 11/09/2018

ICIO fall welding classes begin

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Photos by Lt. Greg Heun/ICIO
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Retired ICIO school teacher, Rich Hull, in connection with Lewis Clark State College, started the second-year of ICIO welding classes this week. 

Classes of interested inmates will be going through this training this month. 

Some welding trivia obtained from Welding has been practiced since the Bronze Age. 

55% of welders work a 40-hour week, many more work overtime up to 70 hours per week. 

Egyptians are thought to use the first pressure, or solid phase welding, approx. 3000 B.C. 

Story published: 11/07/2018

Veterans Day Salute

John Carroll, IFCRC Manager, Idaho Falls Community Reentry Manager

We would like to honor our sister and brother IDOC Vets and send our salutations to everyone on this solemn day, generated from Armistice Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, 100 years ago commemorating the cessation of World War I.

Additionally, Happy 243rd Birthday to the Marine Corps, born on November 10, 1775 in Philadelphia - oorah!

Idaho Falls Community Reentry Center veterans (pictured left to right) Corporal Matt David, US Army; Correctional Officer Charles Plank, USMC; Sgt. Quinn Matheson, US Army; and John Carroll, USMC.

Story published: 11/07/2018

Documentary filmed at ICIO

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By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

The film company, Small Forces, recently visited ICIO, continuing a documentary they are working on focused on Utah and Idaho prison dog programs.

The crew filmed the dogs going through their training program and interviewed staff & inmates related to the program.

The executive producer of this documentary noted the documentary should be available for viewing within the next couple of months.

It will be titled Canines With A Cause.

I’ll give a ‘heads-up’ when I find out the documentary is ready for viewing. 

Story published: 11/05/2018

ICIO visiting cancelled on Nov. 8

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Visiting is cancelled at Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino on Friday, Nov. 8, for parole board hearings.

Story published: 11/02/2018

ISCC close custody visitation cancelled Nov. 7

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Close custody visitation at Idaho State Correctional Center is cancelled Wednesday, Nov. 7. 

Story published: 11/02/2018

PWCC inmates make scrap-a-gan

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By Ofc. Briana Glissendorf, Pocatello Women's Correctional Center

October is domestic violence awareness month. In light of this, women at PWCC have come together to create an afghan (scrap-a-gan) for a local shelter. 

Inmates participated on a volunteer basis. They were able to contribute to the cause by crocheting 10x10 squares that were later combined to create an afghan. 

The finished project was donated to Family Services Alliance in Pocatello. It contained the following message from the inmates who contributed to the afghan: 

Story published: 10/29/2018

Eight ISCC staff members certified as FTOs

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By Cpt. Dagoberto Martinez, Idaho State Correctional Center

ISCC Leadership presents eight security staff members with Field Training Certificates. 

These staff members can now add the title of “Field Training Officer” to their name. 

Being an FTO is an important role, it carries a high obligation as an FTO makes that important first impression while serving as a compass for our new staff. Congratulations team, well done!

Pictured from back to front, left to right:

Story published: 10/29/2018
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