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Veteran on cross-country walk gets IDOC challenge coin

Lacey gives veteran a challenge coin
By David Rauzi, Idaho County Free Press

GRANGEVILLE – Jimmy Novak was pushing a stroller full of his belongings down U.S. Highway 95 last week when a car came up behind him.

Lacey Graham came out, saying she was glad to have found Novak, and that she had something for him.

“It’s a challenge coin,” said Graham, the warden's assistant for North Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood. “It's a way we recognize people who, through their efforts and contributions, have gone above and beyond the call of duty.”

Story published: 04/22/2019

Free2Succeed’s newsletter shows how mentors are making a difference

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By Jeff Kirkman, Program Manager, Free2Succeed Mentor Program

Read what some of the Free2Succeed mentors in District 4 are doing and how they are helping their mentees to keep moving forward in the Free2Succeed April newsletter.

The efforts of mentors are a continuation of the efforts of staff in the facilities and in the districts. Seeing those who were once incarcerated become themselves mentors to others in situations they were once in is a sure sign of success.

Story published: 04/22/2019

Probation and Parole District 5 employees help local habitat

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By Marie Hoffmier, Administrative Assistant II, Probation and Parole District 5, Twin Falls

On April 6, 2019 several IDOC District 5 employees assisted The Idaho Fish and Game Department in reforesting the Dog Creek area 7.8 miles NNW of Gooding, ID. 

In July of 2018 a lightning strike sparked the fire, burning in total 16,325 acres.

In time the fire was contained with assistance of multiple departments.

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game scheduled an event in April 2019 to replant Sage Brush in the area to assist populations of Antelope, Mule Deer and Sage Grouse.

Story published: 04/22/2019

ICIO inmates get “real-life” financial training

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By Lt Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

“That’s Life”— it’s about teaching inmates how to deal with real-life financial situations. 

Representatives from the University of Idaho, Lewis & Clark State College, and Washington State University recently came to ICIO to help facilitate this program with the ICIO education staff. 

Inmates were given random packets, which held the parameters of a financial life situation they were to work with that day. 

The packets had descriptions, such as occupation, family size, and monthly gross income.

Story published: 04/21/2019

Reentry Center Residents Raise Money for the Idaho Food Bank

Collin Young, Correctional Case Manager, Treasure Valley Reentry Center

Residents at the Treasure Valley Community Re-Entry Center held a fundraiser for the Idaho Food Bank.

Collectively they raised $865.00 for this organization.

For each dollar donated to the Idaho Food Bank, they are able to provide five meals.

The Idaho Food Bank distributes 18 Million pounds of food a year to those in need.

Two of our offenders were able to hand deliver this monetary donation and take a tour of the Idaho Food Bank.

Story published: 10/10/2018

No visiting at ISCC on Aug. 8

Visiting is canceled at Idaho State Correctional Center on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

Story published: 07/26/2018

Hoiland honored with Silver Cross

The Board of Correction awarded Senior Probation and Parole Officer Clint Hoiland the Silver Cross for saving the life of a young man.

Hoiland was driving home from work on February 15 when he saw a young man standing on a high railing on the Southway Bridge that spans the river between Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington. Hoiland parked his car and rushed over to help. He heard the man crying, and it appeared he was getting ready to jump

The award nomination describes what happened next; "Clint grabbed the young man and pulled him off the railing...He then told two bystanders to call 911. The 18-year-old man said he had been bullied in school, and wanted to kill himself."

Story published: 10/08/2014
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