Visiting and volunteer programs suspended at all IDOC facilities

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The confirmation of a case of COVID-19 in Idaho has prompted the Idaho Department of Correction to move to its next stage of mitigation measures for the illness.

Out of an abundance of caution, and the care and concern for staff and the people in the IDOC’s custody, visiting is suspended at all the department’s correctional facilities statewide, including its community reentry centers, effectively immediately.

IDOC has also suspended all volunteer programs. Volunteers are asked to not report to the facilities.

All nine IDOC prisons statewide and CAPP are on modified secure status as of 9 p.m., Friday. Rehabilitation programs and limited recreation will continue in housing units. This precautionary measure is to assure the orderly operation of the prisons and will be reviewed on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Residents of IDOC’s four community reentry centers will still be allowed to work in their communities. 

Other measures taken by IDOC include: 

• The activation of IDOC’s  Incident Command System to assure the prompt and effective deployment of resources in response to problems arising from the spread of COVID-19.

The development of plans to screen people at entry points to IDOC correctional facilities for symptoms of COVID-19

Co-payment for people in IDOC custody charged for health-care services has been suspended to encourage the reporting of symptoms and treatment of COVID-19.

The development of plans to modify operational policies to assure the continued supervision of probationers and parolees despite the spread of COVID-19 in Idaho. Those policies will be reevaluated on a continuous basis during this time.  

Visiting has also been suspended at the Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Eagle Pass, Texas, where 610 Idaho men are incarcerated. On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all jails, prisons and juvenile justice facilities in his state to suspend visiting.

IDOC, in conjunction with the Idaho Office of Emergency Management and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, will continue to closely monitor reports of COVID-19 and announce operational changes on here IDOC’s website

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Story published: 03/13/2020
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