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District 2 Probation & Parole hosts first children's Christmas party

The magic of Santa Claus
Glenda Thomson, District 2 Manager, Probation & Parole

On December 12, 2018, District 2 hosted the first children's Christmas party for offenders and their kiddos. Santa was none other than NICI Correctional Officer Emmett Wilson, who passed out toys to 42 children!

One lucky offender received a fully decorated live Christmas tree, and two additional families won WinCo Food gift cards to help them provide a special Christmas dinner for their families.

Story published: 12/13/2018

Volunteers deliver holiday cookies to IMSI inmates

Volunteer smiles while passing cookie to inmate through food port
By Michael Hartwig, Volunteer Religious Coordinator, Idaho Maximum Security Institution

It was that time of year again, “Christmas” and that means, and I will quote from one of my favorite childhood heroes, the Cookie Monster, “COOKIES…yum yum yum…COOOOOKIES.” 

It also meant that many different faiths based volunteers for the Idaho Maximum Security Institute, teamed up together and passed out cookies to each inmate at the prison.  

“We had a great time, it was a blessing for us to do this.” Gale Corr, a longtime volunteer at IMSI.

Story published: 12/13/2018

ICIO inmates learning chess

Inmates play chess in classroom
Photo by David Manley, ICIO
By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

Chess4Life volunteer Sandy Staab’s dream of teaching chess to inmates took years to come to fruition.  

“I can’t think of a more therapeutic game [for inmates] than chess.  Their bodies are trapped, but their minds need not be.” 

This chess class recently started at ICIO and Mr. Staab noted “I don’t teach chess just for fun,” Staab writes.  “It is a true ministry to me.”  

Story published: 12/13/2018

ISCC honors corporal for response to assault

corporal with warden
Mezo (left) with ISCC Warden Jay Christensen
By Cpt. Dagoberto Martinez, Idaho State Correctional Center

ISCC Sergeants and Lieutenants presented a Letter of Appreciation and a gift card to Corporal Kenneth Mezo - December 6, 2018. 

On November 28, 2018 Cpl. K. Mezo responded to an assault on staff. 

Putting his own safety in jeopardy, Mezo was instrumental in halting the assault. 

His heroic and selfless action ultimately prevented serious injury to staff. 

Congratulations Cpl. Mezo, job well done!  

Story published: 12/12/2018

No visitation at ISCC on Friday

Visitation alert over logo

Idaho State Correctional Center visitation will be closed Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, due to revocation hearings.

Story published: 12/12/2018

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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