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IDOC investigates apparent inmate suicide

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IDOC news release

BOISE, Idaho, March 13, 2019 – The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating the apparent suicide of an Idaho Maximum Security Institution inmate.         

A correctional officer found Bowdrie Chatterton, 20, hanging in his cell at 4:36 a.m. Wednesday. Staff immediately initiated lifesaving  procedures and called 911. Ada County paramedics transported Chatterton to a Boise hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m.

Story published: 03/13/2019

New SBWCC visiting schedule starts Saturday

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A new visiting schedule goes into effect at South Boise Women’s Correctional Center on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

You can see the new schdule here.

Story published: 03/11/2019

New Certified Arcon Instructors

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By Graye Wolfe, IDOC Training Coordinator, Program Supervisor

13 new IDOC staff just recently graduated from the POST ARCON instructor course. This class was 8 days in duration and taught the staff members the new arrest technique and defensive tactics platform that the department is moving to. The class was extremely physical and our staff were pretty sore and tired by the end, but were all smiles on the last day. 

Story published: 03/07/2019

Boise Bicycle Project extends to ISCC

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By Kristina Waldram, Management Assistant, Idaho State Correctional Center

The American Legion Post 201, the first official American Legion Post inside a facility, will start working hard on fixing bikes for the community.   March 1, 2019 marked the first day of the Boise Bike Project at ISCC.  The Boise Bike Project came to ISCC at 9 am to start training 3 inmates on how to fix size 20 inch bikes.  The session started with Jimmy Hallyburton talking about the Bike Project and what the organization does for the community.  The President of the American Legion Post 201 shared their commitment to the community and ISCC by expressing what volu

Story published: 03/06/2019

Inside Out: Prisoners and Students Working Together

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Photo courtesy KLEW-TV
By Armen Araradian, KLEW-TV, Lewiston

OROFINO, ID- It's the first class of its kind in the state of Idaho.

It's called Inside Out, bringing together two groups of students you don't usually see in the same room.

Everyone makes a mistake at least once in their life.

For some, that mistake has landed them behind bars.

But a select group of incarcerated individuals is getting an opportunity to turn their lives around one assignment at a time.


Story published: 03/05/2019

Workshop teaches Alternatives to Violence

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By Bryan Shipley, Volunteer Services and Religious Activities Coordinator, ISCI

Well, another AVP Workshop is in the books!

I would like to thank all of you who helped make it possible and successful. I would also like to give a special thanks to Pendyne, who always comes through for us.

For those of you who are not familiar with the program, The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is an international group of dedicated volunteers who work to help inmates develop effective ways of dealing with conflicts creatively and without violence.  

Story published: 03/04/2019

The Idaho Military Division requests help!

Photos of inmates shoveling snow in 2008, 2019
Photos by Lt. Heun (2008) and Cpl. Mozley (2019)
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Everything appeared, at the end of January, that North-central Idaho was going to have a very mild winter; very little snow. 

On February 2nd the groundhog didn’t see his shadow; meaning winter was pretty much over. 

Then it happened! Shortly after the groundhog event, it started snowing and has not really let up since! 

Due to the large amount of snowfall, the Idaho Military Division requested ICIO Special Projects’ help at the Idaho Youth Academy building in Pierce. 

Story published: 03/02/2019

ISCC launches Edovo tablet project

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By David Mehlhaff, ISCC Education Program Manager

CenturyLink has provided a total of 120 Edovo tablets to the IDOC education programs at ISCC and IMSI.  The tablet project launched two weeks ago and is wildly successful at ISCC! Of the 70 tablets received from CenturyLink, ISCC is down to issuing the last 10 tablets!    

The tablet program prioritizes Youthful Offenders, Closed Custody, and ABE/GED students and has been an enrollment motivator for some inmates!  Teachers are using the tablet to reinforce classroom studies in specific subject areas.  

Story published: 02/27/2019

District 6 Probation & Parole Promotions

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Jimmie Gentry, District Manager, District 6 Probation & Parole

Please join me in congratulating Chris Anderson and Lance Lewis as Section Supervisors in District 6  

Story published: 02/27/2019

ICIO Sgt. Randy Higgins receives his 25-year certificate

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L to R: Lt. Robert French, Deputy Warden Amy Anderson, Sgt. Randy Higgins
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institutio-Orofino

Sgt.Randy Higgins recently received his 25-year certificate. Randy started working for the IDOC back in 1994, spending his entire time at the Idaho Correctional Institution – Orofino. 

Through the years he worked all officer positions, was a Special Projects Officer, promoted to Sergeant in 2006 then worked Special Projects again, and is currently the facility DHO.

Story published: 02/26/2019
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