Statement by Director Henry Atencio regarding the indictment of four correctional officers

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I’d like to thank the United States Attorney Bart Davis, the FBI Special Agent in Charge Doug Hart and all the dedicated law enforcement professionals in the bureau and the U.S. Attorney’s Office who worked so hard on this case.

This investigation began two years ago when our own Idaho Department of Correction investigators uncovered evidence of what appeared to be a pattern of serious wrongdoing. 

As we began our investigation, we realized we needed an outside agency to conduct a thorough investigation.

In March of 2016, we met with Special Agent Hart and his team here in Boise. We shared the information we had with them, and we pledged our full cooperation.  

Since then, the FBI agents on this case and our IDOC investigators have been tireless. We are inspired by their commitment to the pursuit of justice and so grateful for their efforts.

Most of all, I want to thank the men and women of the Idaho Department of Correction. The vast majority of them are dedicated, ethical public servants who walk the toughest beat in every corner of the state, every day, around the clock.  

They are Idaho’s unsung heroes.  And it is because of so many of them -- their strength, their integrity,  their willingness to stand up and do the right thing – that we are able to be here today for the announcement of these indictments.

Thank you.

Story published: 04/12/2018
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