ICIO, 35 years ago

By Lt. Greg Heun, Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino

As 2019 comes to a close and ICIO gets one year older, I stumbled across an old newspaper article from, 1984, back the year ICIO opened. 

Here’s what I gleaned from that article from the Clearwater Tribune, November 29th, 1984: The IDOC Director was Al Murphy. The ICIO Warden was Dennis Bodily. 

ICIO was a female prison. There were concerns about male inmates being sent to ICIO. 

Boise was focused on possibly moving male geriatric and DUI inmates to ICIO as that they would cause the least impact on the community. ICIO had 27 employees, which included correctional officers and support staff. 

Orofino at the time was below capacity.  Forty-two female inmates were housed at the facility. 

Facility capacity was 200 inmates (the McKelway building was ICIO). 

The cost to house an inmate in Boise was $35 a day; ICIO was $78 a day. 

There were concerns pertaining to adequate recreation area for inmates. The Idaho female inmate population had increased by 217% in the past 4 years. 

At a question and answer public meeting, property values were brought up and the response was “…prisons traditionally increased property values.”  

Warden Bodily advised the public that anyone can contact him with questions at his ICIO number, same one used today. 

Story published: 11/29/2019
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