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They’re not letting down their guard at ISCI

man sprays intake area at ISCI

Members of the American Legion post at Idaho State Correctional Institution continue their diligent cleaning of every nook and cranny at the facility.

Lt. Steven Stelzer sent us these photos of the men cleaning the transport bus and the intake area.

Thank you for your service to our country – and now to all the people who live and work at ISCI.


Story published: 05/22/2020

Nampa CRC residents create a drip system for cold weather crops

raised garden beds with words "fresh produce of hungry families"
By Bruce Wells-Moore, Manager, Nampa CRC

At the beginning of the pandemic, a few Nampa Community Reentry Center residents were laid off work and looking for things to keep themselves busy. So, they came up with the idea of installing a drip system into the existing garden. 

In addition, they created raised-bed garden spaces. The drip system was installed and completed just in time to plant cold weather crops, and the yield has been well beyond expectations. 

Story published: 05/27/2020

ICIO expands its gardens

Sgt stands next to tilled land for garden
Photo by Lt. Greg Heun, ICIO
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

ICIO is adding over 2000 square feet of additional garden space. Up to now and gardens being worked at ICIO were inside the double fence line. Special Projects Sergeant Mike Curtis had the idea of expanding the ICIO gardens outside the fenced facility and saw a large flat area of ground located behind the ICIO maintenance building that could be used as garden space; the project started. Currently fencepoles have been installed with 6-foot-high deer fencing being attached. 

Story published: 05/21/2020

Sagebrush in Prisons Program continues despite COVID-19

2 women next to sagebrush trays with words "we're growing sagebrush.."
By Holly Hovis, Institute for Applied Ecology

Despite the Corona virus pandemic, dedicated Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) staff, DOC personnel and adults in custody have not let current restrictions stop them in continuing the Sagebrush in Prisons Project regardless of the odds.  Prison staff at South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC) and Idaho State Correctional Center (ISCC) have voiced their commitment for maintaining the program this season. SBWCC staff member stated, “These are interesting times and the landscape is changing daily.

Story published: 05/16/2020

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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