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ISCI Unit 10 visiting cancellation

IDOC logo with visitation alert

Visiting is cancelled for Unit 10 at Idaho State Correctional Institution today, Sept. 12, 2019. 

Story published: 09/12/2019

2019 Education Scrabble "Spellabration" Tournament

Scrabble Spellabration Tournament
David Melhaff, Education Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Center

On Tuesday August 20th ISCC hosted the finals of the facility's first scrabble tournament.

Congratulations to Jason Wahl for having the "Last Word" and winning First place.

Second Place went to Anthony Walker, Third Place Chris Shanahan and Consolation Todd Briggs.

Story published: 09/11/2019

ISCC Inmates Participate in Nature Education, Habitat Restoration

Sagebrush Program Photo Collage
Nancy DeWitt, Institute for Applied Ecology Contractor

The Sagebrush in Prisons Program is a partnership among IDOC, the Institute for Applied Ecology, and Bureau of Land Management. Since 2015, men at the Idaho State Correctional Center have learned horticulture techniques by growing over 275,000 native plants for rehabilitating burned habitat for greater sage-grouse, pronghorn, and other wildlife.

Story published: 09/10/2019

Correctional Educators Association Awards

Awards Recipients
Julie Oye-Johnson, Education Program Director

Dr. Mary Ellen Nourse received the Audrey Spence Award based on her commitment to the inmate population. Dr. Nourse has implemented Job Service SICI to normalize the job seeking process for institutional work to better match the process of getting a job in the community. Mary Ellen is tireless in building partnerships with outside agencies and adding apprenticeship opportunities to the inmate population.

Story published: 09/09/2019

Playset Donated to Nampa CRC

Playset at NCRC
Bruce Wells-Moore, Nampa Reentry Center Manager

September 6th was the unveiling of a new playset that was donated to the Nampa Community Reentry Center. The playset was dedicated to the children of incarcerated parents and, "Recognizing the Contributions of Judge David O. Carter." Doug Franolich generously donated his time, energy and creativity while working side-by-side with Nampa CRC residents in the preparation, construction and installation of this amazing playset. They children coming to visit their parents this weekend are in for a wonderful surprise when they walk to the outdoor visiting area.

Story published: 09/09/2019

ISCC September visitation closures

visitation alert over idoc logo

This month, visitation and parole board hearings will be running simultaneously for general population offenders. 

Visitation will be closed at Idaho State Correctional Institution on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019

Due to ISCC running parole board hearings and visitation simultaneously, limited visiting tables will be available.

Story published: 09/09/2019

IDOC investigates inmate’s apparent suicide

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IDOC news release

BOISE, Idaho, Sept. 7, 2019 -- The Idaho Department of Correction is investigating the apparent suicide of an Idaho Maximum Security Institution inmate.

A correctional officer found John M. Cope, 59, IDOC #67579, hanging in his cell at 3:40 a.m., Aug. 31, 2019.

Cope was pronounced dead at 8:51 p.m., Sept. 6, 2019, at a Boise hospital.

Story published: 09/07/2019

No visiting at ISCC Sept. 23

Visitation alert over IDOC logo

Visiting is closed at Idaho State Correctional Center on Monday, Sept. 23.

As was announced earlier this month, visiting is also closed at ISCC Sept. 9 through Sept.11 for parole hearings. 

Story published: 09/04/2019

SBWCC inmates make scarves for homeless, baby hats for NICU

women stand for photo with ccm Doucet
By James Doucet, Correctional Case Manager, South Boise Women’s Correctional Center

With a desire to give back to the community, a group of ladies from South Boise Women’s Correctional Center, along with Correctional Case Manager James Doucet, came up with the idea to make scarves for the homeless and baby hats for those families whose newborns are in the NICU. 

With donated yarn, the ladies got to work and started crocheting the items.  Over the course of five weeks, the ladies completed 98 baby hats and 75 scarves. 

Story published: 09/03/2019

Community Information and Resource Fair will explore ways to help newly released offenders, others succeed

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IDOC news release

BOISE, Sept. 3, 2019 — An event aimed at making Idaho communities safer by helping returning citizens succeed after they are released from incarceration is coming up in Garden City.  

Story published: 09/03/2019
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