IDOC salutes longtime senator by naming road in his honor

IDOC staff at the entrance to the South Boise Complex
IDOC staff at the entrance to the South Boise Complex

BOISE, May 4, 2012 — The Idaho Department of Correction has named the main road through the South Boise Prison Complex "Darrington Way" in honor of Senator Denton Darrington who is retiring after 30 years in the Idaho Legislature.

 “Senator Darrington is a giant in the field of criminal justice in Idaho,” says IDOC Director Brent Reinke.  “No other person has done more over the past three decades to keep the people of Idaho safe and to hold offenders accountable.”

 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.

"Denton is one of the most conscientious and committed legislators with whom I've ever had the privilege of working. He epitomizes the kind of civic virtue and love for our state that I believe only a citizen Legislature can produce, and he has provided his constituents and all Idahoans with quality representation, respect and responsiveness for decades," Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said. "Senator Darrington has been instrumental in shaping Idaho's criminal justice system. This honor is well deserved, and I join the Department of Correction in offering my congratulations and best wishes." 

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 IDOC Director Brent Reinke.

A sign that says Darrington Way has been placed on the arch at the entrance to the South Boise Prison Complex. Director Reinke says he hopes that as people drive under the arch they will be reminded of Senator Darrington’s many years of service and be inspired to continue his many efforts to improve public safety.


Story published: 05/04/2012
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