South Boise Women's Correctional Center (SBWCC)

Mailing Address:
PO Box 51
Boise, ID 83707
Physical Address:
13200 Pleasant Valley Rd
Kuna, ID 83634

South Boise Women’s Correctional Center is a treatment and transition facility for minimum security female inmates. SBWCC has an operating capacity of 289 inmates in two separate housing units. Programming opportunities are based on cognitive and behavioral change through intensive treatment, education and accountability. SBWCC provides the Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP), Traditional Rider, Timer Pathways, Work Opportunities, Education and other programs.

Warden: Noel Barlow-Hust; Security Manager: Lt. Alicia Carver; Program Manager: Miriam Anderson.

SBWCC email address:; Phone: 208-334-2731; Main Fax 208-334-2251; Unit 2 Fax: 208-334-2736.

Visiting: Visiting schedules are subject to change based on emergency situations. Please read and be familiar with the Visiting Rules for Offenders and Visitors and complete the visiting application process before visiting the facility. Visiting will take place in Unit 1.

Contraband: Idaho code 18-5210 states that a person commits a crime by knowingly introducing or possessing contraband in a correctional facility. Contraband includes, but is not limited to tobacco, cell phone(s) or telecommunication equipment, controlled/illegal substances, firearms or dangerous weapons, ammunition/explosives and escape tools or devices. Violations are punishable by imprisonment of up to 5 years and/or fine of up to $10,000.

Visiting Schedule for SBWCC 

SBWCC Offender Handbook

SBWCC Services

Case Management services are provided to all offenders regardless of their status. Case Managers work with each offender on a one on one basis to help address their individual needs. Case Managers meet with offenders upon their arrival and continue to meet on an as needed basis until their release or as requested. Case Management services vary depending on the needs of the offender but include: Initial Intake, Face to Face Contacts, Treatment Plans, Problem Solving, Parole Plans, Transitional Funds, Aftercare Plan, Financial Planning, and Assist with Community Resources.

Offenders sentenced to a Retained Jurisdiction will be selected based upon their assessments to participate in either a Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP) or Traditional rider.


Correctional Alternative Placement Program: CAPP is a 90-120 day intensive cognitive based treatment program that utilizes core programming elements such as: Moral Recognition Therapy, Relapse Prevention Group, Helping Women Recover, Responsible Mothers, and Pre-Release, which are all designed to target cognitive, behavioral and social skills, as well as substance abuse related problems.


Retained Jurisdiction (Traditional Rider)is a 180 day cognitive-based treatment program with a focus on obtaining their GED. Those selected to participate in this program are enrolled in the following groups: Moral Reconation Therapy, Relapse Prevention Group, Helping Women Recover, Responsible Mothers, Pre-Release, and Education classes.


Offenders who are sentenced to their time are assessed to determine their medical, programmatic, education level and mental health needs. The information from these assessments is used to determine which treatment Pathway they will be participating in. The Pathways utilize groups of Anger Management, Cognitive Self Change, Moral Recognition Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Helping Women Recover and Therapeutic Community.


Anger Management: This manual was designed for use by qualified substance abuse and mental health clinicians who work with substance abuse and mental health clients with concurrent anger problems. The manual describes a 12 week cognitive behavioral anger management group treatment. Each 90 minute weekly session describes specific instructions for group leaders and includes homework assignments for participants.


Cognitive Self Change: Cognitive Self Change is designed to teach how to recognize, identify, control and alter attitudes, beliefs and thoughts that support criminal activities. CSC provides tools to learn how to direct and re-direct thinking about life choices. Without this ability, habitual thinking determines choices in advance. The class teaches offenders that they have the the ability to choose the direction of their lives and to take responsibility for whatever choices are made. CSC doesn't try to make an offender change; it teaches change.


Relapse Prevention Group: Relapse Prevention Group is designed to teach that relapse is the progression that creates the overwhelming need for alcohol and drugs. RPG teaches offenders how to recognize and cope with the warning signs that precede a return to substance abuse or criminal behaviors and teaches recovery planning as well. RPG provides tools and plans of action to prevent relapse in its earliest stages while incarcerated, on parole and/or final release.


Helping Women Recover: HWR provides gender-specific programming on alcohol and other drug abuse addictions. HWR was created in collaboration with Stephanie Covington, PhD, and a leading expert in women's addiction programs, Recovering women have the opportunity to understand addiction and the signs and symptoms experienced by women who struggle with it. In this 17 session program, women use a journal. They examine the connection between substance abuse and high-risk behaviors and learn facts about how alcohol and other drugs affect women.


Responsible Mothers (RM): Nothing puts a strain on a family like the incarceration of a parent. How to Be a Responsible Mother prepares the incarcerated offender for the challenges of being a mother on the inside while also readying them for the parenting challenges that wait upon their return to the community. Topics discussed include: overcoming barriers to becoming a responsible mother, understanding child development, using positive discipline with your children, responsibilities of motherhood and other special issues. This workbook will help the offender to understand and accept the bond between themselves and their children.


In addition to programming, offenders are provided opportunities to engage in additional educational and/or treatment groups: Education, Building Healthy Relationships, Workforce Readiness, Seeking Safety, Mindfulness, Stress Management and Grief and Loss.


Education: Education programs are designed to prepare incarcerated offenders to live successful, crime-free lives. These educational services include Literacy, Secondary Education, Professional Technical Education and Special Education based on assessed individual student needs. Educational programs recognize offenders' achievements through certifications and diplomas that are also recognized by employers and other educational entities. Programs are based on the needs of the students (through assessments), the needs of employers and the ability of the institutions to provide the training. Educational case plans drive the educational programs that are offered to offenders.


Building Healthy Relationships: This domestic violence support group provides education to help recognize domestic violence risk factors and the harm caused for themselves and their children by remaining in abusive relationships. Women learn how to identify abuse, select healthy partners and how to nurture their children in a manner that could stop the cycle of abuse.


Workforce Readiness: These education classes enhance workforce development and life skills.


Beyond Trauma: Beyond Trauma addresses past abuse that women have experienced. Through the curriculum women address the responses/reactions that they have experienced in regards to their trauma such as engaging in drug and alcohol use to manage emotions. The curriculum moves from an attempt to normalize the emotions and responses that women have experienced and then to develop strategies to manage anxiety and responses to triggers of past trauma.


Mindfulness: This is a 20-session group that combines cognitive and behavioral therapy. It is consists of four components: Basic Mindfulness Skills, Emotion Regulation, Interpersonal Effectiveness and Distress Tolerance.


Stress Management: Participants learn skills to help manage emotions, including anger. The group is designed for delivery in 12 sessions. Each group consists of a period of physical exercise, an educational process topic and relaxation techniques.


Grief and Loss: This is an eight session group which addresses issues associated with losses in our lives. Participants develop an understanding of how these issues relate to decisions we make such as using alcohol and other drugs.

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