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Be the one to save a life: Ask

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For National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Idaho Department of Correction is helping publicize the five steps you can take to help someone in suicidal crisis. 

Learn more about the steps by visiting 

If you think someone might be considering suicide, take the first step and #BeThe1To ask. 

Ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”


Story published: 09/14/2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

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The COVID-19 pandemic has affected mental health, so Suicide Prevention Month is all the more important this year.

Please remember help is available around the clock and as close as your phone.

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: 208-398-4357

You or your loved one don’t have to be suicidal to call or text the hotline.

From the hotline’s website:

Story published: 09/09/2020

Hygiene kit donation drive promises new start for returning citizens

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By Chelsea Briar, KIFI/KIDK

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Idaho Falls Police Department is partnering with the Idaho Department of Corrections Re-Entry Program on a Hygiene Kit Donation Drive.

IFPD is hoping to collect basic hygiene items that the Re-Entry program can then provide to past offenders who are re-entering the community.


Story published: 09/04/2020

Post Register: Police, parole officers collect hygienic supplies for returning inmates

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By JOHNATHAN HOGAN, Post Register, Idaho Falls

The Idaho Department of Correction and Idaho Falls Police Department collected donations of hygenic supplies Thursday for former inmates reentering the community.

Idaho Falls Probation and Parole Office Reentry Specialist Stephanie Taylor-Silva arranged the event as part of an ongoing effort to help former inmates adjust after spending time incarcerated.

Story published: 09/04/2020

IDOC investigates prisoner’s apparent suicide

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BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 4, 2020 — The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating the apparent suicide of man who was incarcerated at Idaho Maximum Security Institution. 

Gilberto Mendoza was found hanging in his cell and unresponsive at 6:47 p.m., Thursday. Staff immediately began lifesaving measures and called 911.Mendoza was pronounced dead at 7:49 p.m., Thursday.

Idaho Maximum Security Institution is a 538-bed maximum security prison for men south of Boise.

Story published: 09/04/2020

Incarcerated man diagnosed with COVID-19 dies at Boise hospital

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BOISE, Aug. 31, 2020 -- With great sadness, the Idaho Department of Correction reports the death of a 64-year-old man hospitalized with COVID-19. 

The man was transported from Idaho State Correctional Center to a Boise hospital for treatment on Aug.14, 2020.

The man was pronounced dead at the hospital at 9:33 p.m., Sunday.

The man is the second person incarcerated under IDOC jurisdiction to die after being diagnosed with COVID-19.


Story published: 08/31/2020

Lechuga named manager of NCRC

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Arturo “Art” Lechuga has been selected as the newest manager of the Nampa Community Reentry Center.

Art has more than 15 years of experience with the Idaho Department of Correction.  He began his career as an officer at Idaho State Correctional Institution in 2005.  He promoted to sergeant at South Boise Women’s Correctional Center in in 2013. He has been the Nampa Community Reentry Center since 2016.

Art describes his correctional philosophy here.

Story published: 08/31/2020

ISCI offers Mexican American heritage class

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Idaho State Correctional Institution is offering men who are incarcerated at the facility a class on Mexican American culture.

“We want to show people of Hispanic culture there is something bigger than just themselves, something bigger than just certain gangs, that we have a common bond,” says ISCI Warden Al Ramirez.

A group of incarcerated men produced this video on the class. 

Story published: 08/27/2020

Shout Out: ISCC educators are saving the sagebrush

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Earlier this year, COVID-19 restrictions prevented incarcerated men at Idaho State Correctional Center from caring for 30,000 sagebrush and bitterbrush plants they’d started growing from seed.   

ISCC’s educators are saving the plants by watering, fertilizing and thinning them till the crews can resume their work.

This is the seventh the year that IDOC has teamed up with the Institute for Applied Ecology to grow sagebrush and bitterbrush to help restore land damaged by wildfire.

Story published: 08/26/2020

Incarcerated men at SAWC help crash victims’ families

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By Barbara Hall, Administrative Assistant 2, St. Anthony Work Camp

When tragedy struck a small community like St. Anthony, Idaho on 07/17/2020; where a car accident took the lives of three local teens with the fourth teen in critical condition, the community responded with love and support. 

Story published: 08/26/2020
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