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SBWCC revises visiting schedule

visitation alert

The visiting schedule for the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center has been revised.

Starting Oct. 25, visiting will be held on Fridays (in addition to Saturdays), and changes have been made to some of the check-in and visitation times.

To see the revised schedule, that takes effect Oct. 25, click here.

Story published: 10/17/2019

Tewalt to lead national committee on reducing recividism

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From the Correctional Leaders Association, formerly ASCA

IDOC PIO note: Josh is *not* leaving the Idaho Department of Correction. In addition to his duties as the department’s director, he will now be leading a national committee that will be searching for ways to help people who have been incarcerated succeed after prison. 

The ASCA (CLA) Executive Committee recently appointed Idaho Department of Correction Director Josh Tewalt (pictured) as the Chair of the Reentry and Community Corrections Committee. 

Story published: 10/17/2019

ICIO recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

about a dozen staff stand and sit for photo wearing pink
Photo by Lt. Greg Heun
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Staff at ICIO were given the opportunity to wear pink to work, including security, on Friday, October 11th, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Staff that were able to make it to the photo shoot were caught at their best. 

Story published: 10/16/2019

ICIOs Jordan Court Demolition

Before and after photos of building
Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution - Orofino

The last unoccupied building at ICIO is being demolished.

Jordan Court, a building that was used to house State Hospital North employees in the 1950's, 60's, 70's, and part of the 80's.

When IDOC took over the site, it was used for storage and various training through approx. 2012, when it was boarded up for future abatement work.

With the abatement completed, last month the razing began when the wrecking ball started its work.

This week the rubble has started to be hauled off the facility one large truck after another.

Story published: 10/16/2019

District 3 Free2Succeed Mentor Enhancement Training

eight people around table
Laurie Macrae, District 3 Free2Succeed Mentor Site Coordinator

District 3 Free2Succeed Mentors attended a "Mentor Enhancement Training" session with IDOC DARS Stacy Lopez. The topic of discussion was "Red Flags for Relapse".

Enhancement trainings are organized by Free2Succeed Mentor Site Coordinators as an opportunity for mentors to learn, network, and share mentoring experiences with the goal of increasing their effectiveness as mentors. Some Enhancement Trainings include both mentors and their mentees. Attending Mentor Enhancement Training is voluntary, in addition to the mandatory annual "Initial Training and Orientation."

Story published: 10/16/2019

IDOC investigates inmate’s apparent suicide

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BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 29, 2019 — The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating the apparent suicide of an Idaho Maximum Security Institution inmate.

A correctional officer found Jason Boyd Ivey, 29, hanging in his cell at 3:53 p.m. Friday.

Ivey was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m., Sunday, at a Boise hospital.

Story published: 09/29/2019

ICIO Wins 1st Place for Float in Orofino Lumberjack Days Parade

ICIO Float in Lumberjack Days Parade
Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution - Orofino

ICIO entered a float in the Orofino Lumberjack Days Parade and when the judging was completed, received 1st place, non-commercial entry! This could not have happened without the invaluable help of the personnel at ICIO, staff and inmates. This was the first time ICIO entered a float in the parade and was the 101st public event for the North Region Honor Guard team since it was reestablished in 2005.

Story published: 09/19/2019

TVCRC Residents Donate $990 to Meridian Food Bank

TVCRC Residents Donate to Meridian Food Bank
Nicholas Baird, Manager, Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center

On Sept. 11, 2019, a group of inmates presented the Meridian Food Bank Director with a check for $990. The money was all donated by the residents at the TVCRC. The residents were also given a tour of the Food Bank and learned how important the programs are that it provides to our community. They learned about the backpack program and how important it is to some children in our community. It was a positive experience for these residents to witness first hand the impact their donations can make.

Story published: 09/17/2019

PEER Wellness Center's 5th Annual Faces of Recovery Concert and Rally

Faces of Recovery Event
Bruce Wells-Moore, Nampa Reentry Center Manager

On September 14, 2019 The PEER Wellness Center celebrated their 5th annual Faces of Recovery Concert and Rally. Eighteen residents from the Nampa Community Reentry Center along with C/O Rosalinda Ramos, AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer Nikisha Chapman and CCM Rachael Masaitis assisted in set up and tear down of the event. In addition, residents were able to network with groups and individuals in the community who are recovery oriented prior to their release.

Story published: 09/16/2019

"Sentences" 2019 ISCC Creative Writing Project

ISCC Creative Writing Project
David Melhaff, Education Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Center

"Opportunities to interact with others from beyond these walls has been rare during my 24 years of incarceration..." states Christopher Shanahan ISCC Creative Writing Project student during the "Sentences" writing event held August 21st in the ISCC Visiting Center. The project was created by Shane Brown, Camille Barigar and ISCC students with support and participation of the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Project Flux.

Story published: 09/13/2019
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