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D-5 steps up to donate blood

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Thank you, Probation & Parole District 5, for responding to Gov. Brad Little’s call for people to donate blood as the nation faces a severe blood shortage due to COVID-19 concerns.  

“We have such awesome staff in D5. They are willing to help the community in any way,” says Colllin Widmier, D-5’s manager.


Story published: 04/04/2020

Thank you JPay for offering video calls!

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We are so grateful to JPay for making video visitation possible in all IDOC facilities starting Thursday.

On top of that, JPay is offering the family and friends of people in IDOC custody one free 15-minute video call every month.

This is a new system, and we’re pushing our bandwidth to the limit, so please be patient.

We didn’t want to wait because we know how important it is right now for families to stay in touch.

Story published: 03/31/2020

IDOC extends suspension of visitation, volunteer programs

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Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans.

In accordance with the order, the Idaho Department of Correction has extended the suspension of visitation and volunteer programs to April 15, 2020. 

Eight people in IDOC custody have been tested for COVID-19. The results for all eight tests were negative. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any facilities operated by IDOC. 

Story published: 03/25/2020

D2 steps up during severe blood shortage

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Thank you, Idaho Department of Correction Probation and Parole District 2, for responding to Gov. Brad Little’s call for people to donate blood as the nation faces a severe blood shortage due to COVID-19 concerns.

Last week, the Governor’s office released the news release you see below calling on people to step up - and D2 did not hesitate to do so.

Story published: 03/24/2020

Eagle Pass Correctional Facility update



Like all Idaho Department of Correction facilities, visiting and volunteer services have been suspended at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Eagle Pass, Texas. 

A total of 610 men from Idaho are incarcerated there under IDOC’s jurisdiction. 

All staff entering the facility are being questioned and examined for indications that they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus and so far, there have been no indications the virus has spread to Maverick County where the facility is located. 

Story published: 03/20/2020

Commissary warehouse gets a deep-cleaning

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Here’s another way we’re working to keep the people who live and work in IDOC’s correctional facilities safe and healthy.

The company that provides commissary services, Keefe Commissary, has deep cleaned its warehouse and has been conducting morning health screenings of inmate workers and Keefe’s employees.

Story published: 03/19/2020

CenturyLink to provide 2 free estamps and calls to help families with incarcerated loved ones


Thank you, CenturyLink for helping families of people in Idaho Department of Correction custody stay in touch with their loved ones while visitation is closed. 

Beginning March 20, 2020, CenturyLink through JPay will provide two free estamps per week to each IDOC inmate, which can be used to send emails or VideoGrams to friends and family.

These free eStamps will be provided until the further notice.

Two estamps will be loaded to the inmate’s JPay account on Friday each week

Story published: 03/17/2020

ISCI’s American Legion Post 202 Answers the Call

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By W. Charles Durrant, Education Program Manager, Idaho State Correctional Institution

In an effort to help safeguard their facility and reduce the spread of illness, more than 30 members of Idaho State Correctional Institution’s American Legion Post 202 are cleaning and sterilizing the housing units of ISCI twice per day with crews of no less than ten workers per shift.

Community service is at the very heart of The American Legion’s core beliefs and an integral part of the Preamble to the Constitution of the Legion, the Sons and the Auxiliary, "…to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation…"

Story published: 03/17/2020

Suspension of visitation and volunteer services to continue till April 1

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Editor's note: On March 25, 2020, the suspension of visitation and volunteer programs was extended till April 15, 2020.  The announcement you see below is an older post.

In the interest of protecting the men and women in IDOC’s custody and the department’s staff, the suspension of visiting and volunteer services will continue at all IDOC facilities till April 1. We will revisit the decision as we get closer to that date.  

Story published: 03/16/2020

How we're responding to COVID-19


A group of incarcerated men at Idaho State Correctional Institution produced this video which shows how the facility is responding to COVID-19.

Story published: 03/16/2020
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