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Reentry center residents celebrate Halloween with their families

Resident with child on shoulders next to hay bales
By Nick Baird, Manager, Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center

Last Saturday, the Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center hosted a Halloween-themed event for the residents’ families. 

Trunk or treat stations, face painting, pumpkin carving, and other games were all set up for the children to enjoy. 

Many of the TVCRC residents worked hard last week decorating and setting up for the event. 

Even with the chilly weather, we had a good turnout. 

Story published: 10/29/2019

Visiting canceled at ISCC on Nov.18

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Visiting will be closed at Idaho State Correctional Center on Nov. 18 for the K-9 graduation ceremony.

Story published: 10/29/2019

District 7 opens “closet” for probationers and parolees

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One of the biggest challenges about making the transition from prison back to the community is re-building your wardrobe.

Over the past 6 months, IDOC reentry specialist Stephanie Taylor-Silva has been working to make the process easier in the Idaho Falls area. 

She’s been collecting donated clothing and shoes, both casual and professional, in a room at the District 7 Probation and Parole office.

Also available are full-sized hygiene kits for men and women that have been prepared by a volunteer in the community.

Story published: 10/28/2019

Halloween visitation at ISCC

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For Halloween at Idaho State Correctional Center, the facility is allowing children to wear their Halloween costumes provided there is no mask.  

Adults will still need to meet the posted dress code. 

Story published: 10/28/2019

Free2Succeed mentor creates “closet” for probationers, parolees

room with clothing on racks
By Jeff Kirkman, Manager, Free2Succeed Mentor Program

This story is about Bambi Calloway who is a Free2Succeed mentor. 

Recognizing the need for clothing beyond the initial release and when clothing vouchers run out, she worked with PEER Wellness in Boise to establish a clothing closet to help fill the gap. 

In a very short amount of time, this has already been a success and continues to grow. 

Bambi, who is a mentor with the Free2succeed program, worked tirelessly to obtain a space to have a clothing resource for our mentees. 

She successfully acquired that space at Peer Wellness! 

Story published: 10/23/2019

NCRC residents make hats for Salvation Army

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By Rachael Masaitis, CCM, Nampa CRC

On October 16th, the residents of Nampa Community Re-Entry Center delivered over 300 handmade hats and other crocheted items to the Salvation Army Nampa. 

The hats have been accumulated over the past 6 months to ensure that they will be ready for those in need when the winter hits. 

The Salvation Army will be providing these items to families when they participate in the food pantry or children’s winter clothing program. 

Story published: 10/23/2019

NICI inmates make pet beds for pet-rescue group

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By Christine Reuter, Office Specialist 2, North Idaho Correctional Institution

Recently, FSO LaWanda Hudson invited staff to donate baked goods for an upcoming Zeus’ Friends fundraiser.

Warden Krieger suggested we use the denim donated to the facility to make pet beds to donate.

Correctional staff were able to supervise this new project and especially liked the idea of keeping the laundry workers busy, and the workers more than willing to help.

This was truly a group effort with the special thanks going to the offender laundry workers.

Story published: 10/22/2019

ICIO’s Givens Hall inmates complete another big job

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

Last year the ICIO Givens Hall inmates built a new basketball court, making their rec yard more functionable. 

This year motivated Givens Hall inmates poured a new concrete sidewalk through the rec yard where the food carts are pushed on daily. Then they leveled out the rec yard around the basketball court, formed up and poured a new concrete walking track, replacing the old gravel track that had slipping issues when running around the corners. 

Story published: 10/21/2019

9 IDOC staff complete CPM training

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Congratulations to the nine Idaho Department of Correction staff members who have completed Idaho’s Certified Public Manager training program. They were honored Oct. 18, 2019, at a graduation ceremony at the statehouse.

The graduates are:

Story published: 10/21/2019

No visiting at SICI 10/26, 10/27

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Regular visiting is cancelled at South Idaho Correctional Institution on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Sunday Oct. 27, for an event at the facility.

Story published: 10/17/2019
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