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Post Register: Taylor-Silva named state’s first reentry specialist outside Boise

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Courtesy: Taylor Carpenter/Post Register file
By Johnathan Hogan,

For Stephanie Taylor-Silva, helping people exiting Idaho prisons return to their lives is a personal matter.

Taylor-Silva was convicted in 2002 for trafficking drugs. After her release, and with the help of her parole officer, she worked to rebuild her life, earning pardons from Idaho and Montana and findingwork at the Idaho Department of Correction, the state agency that once imprisoned her.

Now she will be able to help others make that same transition as IDOC’s new reentry specialist in the Seventh Judicial District.

Story published: 09/03/2019

New reentry center opens to help recently released inmates

About 12 people cut ribbon for center's opening
By Natalia Hepworth,

IDAHO FALLS — If you’re going through a rough patch, or trying to get back on your feet after leaving rehab or incarceration, the new Reentry Center at the Center for Hope is a place that can help.

The center held its grand opening ceremony at the Center for Hope Friday afternoon.

Story published: 09/03/2019

ICIO PAWS Program Gets an Obstacle Course

ICIO Inmates with PAWS Obstacle Course Equipment
Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution - Orofino

Working together! Lieutenant Earl Johnson, who oversees the ICIO PAWS program, came to Special Projects with an idea of building a dog obstacle course. His idea turned into a reality this past week when experienced carpenter, Inmate Robert Leveque, with the help of Inmate Brandon Mason, took the plans that were drawn up and built twelve different confidence-building creations. Soon the course will be moved to the rec yard and be put to good use.

Story published: 08/29/2019

Taking treatment outside

Inmates sit under umbrellas for class
By Kristi Skeem, Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Center

On such a nice summer day 8.21.19, ISCC case managers Gladymar Rodriguez and Crystal Robles lead a CBISA substance abuse treatment group in an alternative space, ISCC’s activities yard, instead of the traditional classroom. 

They are using the activities yard, field trip style, as an appropriate reward for a group doing well. 

Our JPA audits encourage group facilitators to reward their group 4:1 ratio of reward vs discipline. 

Story published: 08/22/2019

Beat the Heat Event

Push Up Challenge at Beat the Heat Event
Stephanie Taylor-Silva, AmeriCorps VISTA Program, District 7 P&P

District 7 Probation and Parole as well as the IDOC Free2Succeed Mentor Program participated in an event with the Idaho Falls Police Department called Beat the Heat. This was a community event where local kids were invited to compete against police officers during "Beat the Heat" at Skyline High School Saturday, Aug. 17th. They were able to test their skills at the Idaho POST fitness standards. This was a fun, casual way for kids to interact with officers.

Story published: 08/21/2019

IDOC Honor Guard Serves in Tennessee

IDOC Honor Guard
Sergeant Michael Novotny, Idaho Maximum Security Institution

IDOC Honor Guard traveled to Tennessee to honor fallen Correctional Administrator Debra K. Johnson.

Left to right: Sergeant Michael Novotny, Corporal Wayne Baerlocher and Sergeant Tianna Czudak

Story published: 08/20/2019

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

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IDAHO FALLS — An event aimed at making Idaho communities safer by helping returning citizens succeed after they are released from incarceration is coming up in Idaho Falls.  

This is the third year for this event and the Community Information and Resource Fair – Idaho Falls will provide representatives from community organizations and government agencies an opportunity to network the services and support offered to those that may be in need and explore ways they can work together to reduce recidivism. 

Story published: 08/15/2019

Ada County Shop with a Sheriff Event

Photo of Shop with a Sheriff Participants
Sgt. Joshua Rankin, Idaho State Correctional Center

Twice a year, the Ada County Sheriff Employees Association hosts their Shop With a Sheriff event. Each time, they invite their brothers and sisters from other law enforcement agencies. The Idaho Department of Correction always steps up to help in these events.

Story published: 08/13/2019

School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive Flyer
Francine Diaz, Correctional Case Manager, South Boise Women's Correctional Center

SBWCC is holding a school supply drive to benefit children of incarcerated individuals as these parents are unable to provide these school supplies. Attached you will find the flyer, listing supplies needed for grade school and middle school students. Anyone interested in donating bigger items, backpacks are also needed.

Depending on the supplies donated, other facilities will be contacted to see if any of their inmates would benefit from this project. These items will be distributed to local children when they visit the facilities.

Story published: 08/12/2019

Our thoughts are with Tennessee

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The men and women of the Idaho Department of Correction send our deepest sympathy to our law enforcement family at the Tennessee Department of Correction following the death of Correctional Administrator Debra K. Johnson.

Story published: 08/09/2019
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