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They’re not letting down their guard at ISCI

man sprays intake area at ISCI

Members of the American Legion post at Idaho State Correctional Institution continue their diligent cleaning of every nook and cranny at the facility.

Lt. Steven Stelzer sent us these photos of the men cleaning the transport bus and the intake area.

Thank you for your service to our country – and now to all the people who live and work at ISCI.


Story published: 05/22/2020

Nampa CRC residents create a drip system for cold weather crops

raised garden beds with words "fresh produce of hungry families"
By Bruce Wells-Moore, Manager, Nampa CRC

At the beginning of the pandemic, a few Nampa Community Reentry Center residents were laid off work and looking for things to keep themselves busy. So, they came up with the idea of installing a drip system into the existing garden. 

In addition, they created raised-bed garden spaces. The drip system was installed and completed just in time to plant cold weather crops, and the yield has been well beyond expectations. 

Story published: 05/27/2020

ICIO expands its gardens

Sgt stands next to tilled land for garden
Photo by Lt. Greg Heun, ICIO
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

ICIO is adding over 2000 square feet of additional garden space. Up to now and gardens being worked at ICIO were inside the double fence line. Special Projects Sergeant Mike Curtis had the idea of expanding the ICIO gardens outside the fenced facility and saw a large flat area of ground located behind the ICIO maintenance building that could be used as garden space; the project started. Currently fencepoles have been installed with 6-foot-high deer fencing being attached. 

Story published: 05/21/2020

Mask project update

man making mask with words "thank you mask makers"

We’re well past our goal of making three masks for every person who lives and works in an Idaho Department of Correction facility, and for the Idaho men who are incarcerated in Texas.

Now we’re making masks for community groups and county jails.

Here’s a list of the agencies and organizations which have received our masks so far:

• Owyhee County jail

• Ada County jail

• Bonneville County jail

• Bannock County jail

• Elmore County jail

Story published: 05/21/2020

Memorial fund created for fallen Bonneville County deputy

maser photo
Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office news release

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office wants to extend its appreciation and thanks to the many individuals, agencies, and businesses from around the state and country who have reached out and expressed their condolences to our agency and the family of our fallen Deputy.  

Deputy Wyatt Maser started with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office in April of 2019 and was on patrol in the early morning hours of May 18th, 2020 when he responded to assist another Deputy on the Bone Rd. 

Story published: 05/20/2020

IDOC seeks man who absconded from parole

Cox's mugshot
Robert Dean Cox, IDOC #83195

The Idaho Department of Correction’s Special Investigations Unit is seeking a registered sex offender who has absconded from parole.

Robert “Robby” Dean Cox (IDOC #83195), is 44 years old, white, 6-feet 2 inches tall and weighs 304 pounds. He has brown hair, brown eyes and a light complexion. 

Cox has many tattoos, including a full-sleeve tattoo on his left arm, a three-quarter-sleeve tattoo on his right arm, and tattoos of a key and the word “clean” on his neck.

Story published: 05/19/2020

Our thoughts are with Bonneville County

bonneville co so badge with black band

The men and women of the Idaho Department of Correction send our deepest condolences to the members of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, their families and their community.

On Monday morning, a Bonneville County sheriff’s deputy was struck and killed while investigating a traffic accident.

We stand ready to assist our brothers and sisters during this difficult time.

Story published: 05/18/2020

Sagebrush in Prisons Program continues despite COVID-19

2 women next to sagebrush trays with words "we're growing sagebrush.."
By Holly Hovis, Institute for Applied Ecology

Despite the Corona virus pandemic, dedicated Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) staff, DOC personnel and adults in custody have not let current restrictions stop them in continuing the Sagebrush in Prisons Project regardless of the odds.  Prison staff at South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC) and Idaho State Correctional Center (ISCC) have voiced their commitment for maintaining the program this season. SBWCC staff member stated, “These are interesting times and the landscape is changing daily.

Story published: 05/16/2020

ICIO inmate Thomas Helms talks about his 25+ years of incarceration

Helms standing in front of backdrop of trees with autumn leaves
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Many who have worked for the IDOC over the years have met Inmate Thomas ‘Tommy’ Helms.

Story published: 05/15/2020

An extra layer of protection

two women sit across from each other with a partion between them

Here is another way we’re working to protect the people who live and work in Idaho Department of Correction facilities.

At St. Anthony Work Camp, Warden Glenn Armstrong and his team have put Plexiglas partitions on the dining tables to decrease the chance the virus might spread in the cafeteria.And,

Story published: 05/11/2020
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