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Director Henry Atencio
Henry Atencio

Henry Atencio joined the Idaho Department of Correction in 1991 as a probation and parole officer. He went on to serve in a variety of positions including manager of the Division of Probation and Parole’s District 4 office in Boise, deputy warden of Idaho State Correctional Institution in Kuna and chief of the Division of Probation and Parole. 

In 2014, Atencio was named deputy director of IDOC. He oversaw the day-to-day operations of the department and led its efforts to implement the Justice Reinvestment Act – a package of data-driven reforms the Idaho legislature adopted to increase supervision of dangerous offenders while diverting non-violent offenders to community treatment programs. 

As director, Atencio oversees the entirety of IDOC’s operations including its nine prisons, four community re-entry centers and seven probation and parole districts. The department has an annual budget of $220 million and employs nearly 2,000 correctional professionals. They are responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of 22,000 felony offenders.Atencio is a native of Parma and a 1991 graduate of Boise State University. He lives in Canyon County. He and his wife have two teenaged sons.

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