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Dress For Success Visits SBWCC

Eleven women in professional attire, at South Boise Women's Correctional Center.
Eleven women in professional attire, at South Boise Women's Correctional Center.
By Kathleen Bauman, Pre-Release Specialist, SBWCC

The new Dress for Success mobile boutique unit came out to professionally dress 15 residents at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center (SBWCC) on November 3.

Being involved in this event allowed inmates to see themselves out of scrubs and being successful. Additionally, they can go to the Dress for Success boutique for another specific-to-their-job outfit and/or monthly meetings of their professional women's group.

Story published: 11/21/2019

ICIO, 35 years ago

By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

As 2019 comes to a close and ICIO gets one year older, I stumbled across an old newspaper article from, 1984, back the year ICIO opened. 

Here’s what I gleaned from that article from the Clearwater Tribune, November 29th, 1984: The IDOC Director was Al Murphy. The ICIO Warden was Dennis Bodily. 

ICIO was a female prison. There were concerns about male inmates being sent to ICIO. 

Story published: 11/29/2019

BSU's president speaks at ISCC fall graduation

Dr. Tromp stands behind podium
By David Mehlhaff, Education Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Center

Dr. Marlene Tromp, President of Boise State University, delivered an impactful commencement address at the ISCC Fall Graduation Ceremony. 

She focused on the importance of maintaining a growth mindset because the brain continues to grow throughout adulthood. 

GED and Career-Technical graduates were challenged to learn from mistakes, view failure as a temporary setback, embrace challenges, welcome feedback, and to be inspired by the success of others. 

There were 17 GED graduates and 38 Career-Technical completers honored at the event.

Story published: 11/15/2019

TVCRC helps Rake Up Boise

about 15 men stand with rakes and leaf bags
By Nick Baird, Manager, Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center

On November 9, 2019, staff and residents at the Treasure Valley Community Re-entry Center participated in Rake up Boise. 

Four staff from TVCRC and 15 residents volunteered to come together and clear yards of leaves and debris for homeowners in Boise. 

The TVCRC participates in the Rake up Boise event annually. 

This is a great opportunity for staff to set a positive example for the population and for the residents to feel satisfaction of giving back to the community. 

Story published: 11/13/2019

D7 group shares stories of recovery with students

woman speaks from podium with other presenters seated in front of class
By Stephanie Taylor-Silva, Reentry Specialist, Probation and Parole District 7

I have been volunteering at Mrs. King’s Skyline High School health class for the past three years. 

Mrs. King takes a unique approach to drug and alcohol addiction education and the high-risk behaviors associated with it.

It is an approach that has proven to work.

Every year after her class a student reaches out asking for help. Either for themselves or a family member or friend.

Sharing your recovery story can bring healing for you and others. It is also scary but a very critical step in recovery.

Story published: 11/13/2019

ICIO inmate builds cat and dog houses for needy families

Inmate and animal group group rep with animal shelters
Photo by Lt. Greg Heun
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Last month ICIO Special Projects was approached by the non-profit organization, Second Chance Animal. Inc. (SCA), about building cat and dog houses for low-income families in the North-central Idaho/Washington area, with SCA providing all the materials.

ICIO has lots of projects going on at the facility so inmate carpenter, Chester Smith, was tasked with building the structures when he had the spare time.

Recently the first set of dog houses and a house for a cat were finished and picked up by the very grateful SCA founder & Executive Director, Georgia Stewart.

Story published: 11/12/2019

Operation Kickstand provides bikes to inmates’ kids

eight kids on bikes stand with dads
Cpt. Dagoberto Martinez, Idaho State Correctional Center

Members of American Legion Post 201, made up of inmates at Idaho State Correctional Center, have put in countless volunteer hours repairing bicycles for The Boise Bike Project. 

For every fifteenth bicycle that gets repaired, ISCC gets a voucher for a free bike. 

These vouchers are given to inmates who may need a mode of transportation when they are released to the Treasure Valley. 

ISCC and the Boise Bike project came up with the idea of a bike giveaway when the numbers showed that ISCC had extra vouchers.  

Story published: 11/12/2019

Reentry center residents pick up litter

By Nicholas Baird, Manager, Treasure Valley Reentry Center

The Treasure Valley CRC has participated in the adopt a highway program through ACHD for several years. 

TVCRC is responsible for picking up roadside litter along Ten Mile Creek road north of the South Boise Prison Complex. 

The residents volunteer to participate in this throughout the year. 

On Saturday, 15 TVCRC resident volunteers picked up litter for 5 miles along the road.

Multiple orange trash bags were filled with trash. 

Story published: 11/05/2019

ISCI the Second Correctional Facility in Idaho to Charter an American Legion Post

Inmates in classoom sit at desks
By William “Charles” Durrant, Education Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Institution

Following in the footsteps of American Legion Post #201 at the Idaho State Correctional Center (ISCC), military veterans at the Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI) have come together to form American Legion Post #202.

The post received its official charter on 7 October 2019.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.

Story published: 11/05/2019

1st Annual Halloween Carnival at SICI’s Visiting

four photos of inmates, kids and staff at party
By Sgt. Michelle Juarez, South Idaho Correctional Institution

On October 26 - 27, 2019, SICI hosted a Halloween Carnival organized by Sgt. Michelle Juarez, Admin Assistants Brittany Crockett, and Connie Gonzalez in visiting event for residents and their children. 

The event is designed to encourage family friendly celebrations in a sober and structured environment. 

Story published: 10/31/2019
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