IDOC honors Senator Darrington

Senator Darrington and his wife,Virgene, hold a road sign and photo
Senator Denton Darrington and his wife, Virgene

Senator Denton Darrington, who is retiring after 30 years in the Idaho legislature, was honored during Correction Academy 33’s graduation ceremony on May 4 at the POST Academy in Meridian.

IDOC Director Brent Reinke presented the Senator with an honorary departmental badge. The Director said that while Darrington has never restrained an inmate or searched a cell, he has certainly earned the right to wear IDOC’s symbol.

“Over the years, Senator Darrington has worked tirelessly to protect the people of Idaho. And in countless ways, both publicly and privately, he has advanced the department’s mission,”  Director Reinke said.

Director Reinke also announced that the road that extends from the entrance of the South Boise Prison Complex to South Idaho Correctional Institution shall now be known as Darrington Way. “I think you’ve been an inspiration and will continue to be an inspiration for us and that’s exactly why Darrington Way is very fitting on that roadway,” the Director told the Senator.

Senator Darrington is from the southeastern Idaho town of Declo. He represents the 27th District which includes Bingham,

Cassia, Oneida and Power counties. He was first elected to the Senate in 1982. He is the longest serving legislator at the Statehouse.

As chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee, Senator Darrington helped shape virtually every aspect of Idaho’s modern criminal justice system. His legacy includes the creation of Idaho’s Unified Sentencing Act, the national Interstate Compact Agreement, the State Appellate Public Defender’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Corrections.

“Here at IDOC, what we’ll remember the Senator for is his unwavering support of the frontline correctional professionals who willingly place themselves between us and those who would do us harm,” said Director Reinke.

 

Story published: 05/16/2012
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