Idaho Department of Correction

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The Idaho Department of Correction's (IDOC) mission is to Protect Idaho through Safety, Accountability, Partnerships and Opportunities for Offender Change. IDOC is responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of felony offenders in Idaho. The department operates eight prisons, five community work centers and numerous probation and parole offices. In addition, the department monitors the contracts between the state of Idaho and two privately run prisons south of Boise. The agency has its headquarters in Boise.[1]

IDOC employs about 1,500 people. Most of them are correctional officers and probation and parole officers. They are all certified peace officers and train at the Peace Officer Standards Training Academy in Meridian.

IDOC comprises two divisions – the Operations Division and the Management Services Division. Each division is led by a chief who is named by the director. The Operations Division chief is responsible for the incarceration and community supervision of offenders. The Management Services Division chief is responsible for human resource services, fiscal services, information technology, construction and contract monitoring and contract administration.

The Department handles adult felons sentenced by the courts. Felon caseload can be broken down into four categories:

  • Those on Probation - Probationers are convicted offenders who have had their sentences suspended and given freedom during good behavior under the supervision of a parole officer. This category makes up the largest number of the department's offender population.
  • Those on Parole - Parolees are inmates who have served a specific prison term and who are out in the community. They have agreed to abide by stated conditions set by the Commission of Pardons and Parole for a specified time period as a condition of release.
  • Those Serving Prison Time
  • Retained Jurisdiction (Riders)- This program is made up of minimum and medium custody, 120-day retained jurisdiction commitments who have been sent by the courts for evaluation. The program provides a sentencing alternative for the courts to target those offenders who might, after a period of programming and evaluation, be viable candidates for probation and reintegration into the community.

South Boise Prison Complex[edit]

The South Boise Prison Complex is located in unincorporated Ada County, five miles (8 km) south of the Boise Airport and nine miles (15 km) east of Kuna. It has six prison facilities and one community work center.[2]

Correctional Alternative Placement Program[edit]

The Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP) facility (43°27′42″N 116°14′08″W / 43.46167°N 116.23556°W / 43.46167; -116.23556)[3] opened July 1, 2010. Management and Training Corporation of Ogden, Utah built the facility and operates the program. CAPP offers intensive treatment programs for substance abuse and cognitive issues for up to 432 low to moderate risk male offenders needing substance abuse treatment. It houses three different groups of offenders: probationers, parolees and retained jurisdiction.

Idaho Correctional Center[edit]

Idaho State Correctional Institution[edit]

Idaho Maximum Security Institution[edit]

Idaho Maximum Security Institution (IMSI) (43°28′47″N 116°13′24″W / 43.47972°N 116.22333°W / 43.47972; -116.22333)[4] is a high-security state prison. It opened in November 1989 to confine Idaho's most violent offenders.

The compound is located within a double perimeter fence reinforced with razor wire, an electronic detection system and a 24-hour armed perimeter patrol. The offender population includes a large number of mental health offenders, including subjects of civil commitments. Thirty beds are dedicated for prisoners with acute mental illness. IMSI has restrictive housing beds dedicated to administrative segregation, disciplinary detention and death row. The remaining beds are allocated for close-custody general population offenders.

South Boise Women's Correctional Center[edit]

South Boise Women's Correctional Center (SBWCC) (43°28′54″N 116°13′51″W / 43.48167°N 116.23083°W / 43.48167; -116.23083)[5] opened in March 2002 at the site of a former community work center. It is a program-specific, minimum-custody facility designed for female offenders sentenced to a retained jurisdiction commitment by the court. It provides a sentencing alternative for the courts to target those offenders who might, after a period of programming and evaluation, be viable candidates for probation rather than incarceration. This facility has a safe operating capacity of 248.

South Idaho Correctional Institution[edit]

South Idaho Correctional Institution (SICI) (43°28′33″N 116°12′42″W / 43.47583°N 116.21167°W / 43.47583; -116.21167)[6] is a minimum-security prison. It receives mail through a post office box in Boise. SICI is a working facility, which houses male minimum-custody offenders in a dormitory setting. Every offender is assigned a job and is expected to work whether inside or outside the facility compound. Road crews for the Idaho Transportation Department and fire fighting crews for the U.S. Forest Service are located here. SICI also operates the final pre-release program for about 90 percent of offenders paroling from the system.

South Idaho Correctional Institution-Community Work Center[edit]

The South Idaho Correctional Institution-Community Work Center (CWC)[7] houses minimum-custody male offenders in a dormitory setting. Most offenders are assigned a job and work inside or outside the facility. Vocational Work Projects include road crews for the Idaho Transportation Department and conservation and fire fighting crews for the U.S. Forest Service. Some offenders serve as workers in the Correctional Industries program. It also operates the pre-release program for the majority of offenders paroling from the system.

Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino[edit]

Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICIO) (46°29′31″N 116°15′39″W / 46.49194°N 116.26083°W / 46.49194; -116.26083)[8] is a modified old state school and hospital mental health building in Orofino.[2][9] A new wing was added in 1988. It is a standard prison designed for male offenders of all custody levels. The facility also houses protective custody offenders. Until April 1994, the state's female offenders were housed in one tier here, but due to litigation, females are now housed at the Pocatello Women's Correctional Center. Offender work programs, including correctional industries, are coordinated with schooling, counseling and recreational opportunities. The facility has a safe operating capacity is 541.

The state contracted with the Corrections Corporation of America to operate the Idaho Correctional Institution - Orofino until the state took back operations in January 2014.[10] Idaho also exports state prisoners to CCA's Kit Carson Correctional Center in Colorado.[11]

North Idaho Correctional Institution[edit]

Pocatello Women's Correctional Center[edit]

Pocatello Women's Correctional Center (PWCC)[13] (42°50′33″N 112°27′02″W / 42.84250°N 112.45056°W / 42.84250; -112.45056) is a prison for women located in the southwestern portion of Pocatello.[14] It opened in April 1994. It is designed specifically to house all custody levels of female offenders. The facility is the first of its kind for the Department of Corrections, and it is designed specifically to meet the special needs of female offenders and their programs. The facility has an operating capacity of 289 female offenders and houses all custody levels.

St. Anthony Work Camp[edit]

St. Anthony Work Camp (SAWC) (43°58′05″N 111°41′37″W / 43.96806°N 111.69361°W / 43.96806; -111.69361)[15] is located in St. Anthony.[2][16] It is designed to house 240 low-risk, minimum and community-custody male offenders. The facility's primary focus is to provide a vocational work project opportunities offering full-time, constructive, paid employment to offenders. This is accomplished through contracted work and public service projects with government agencies, non-profit organizations and private employers. The program helps offenders develop good work habits, a positive work ethic and marketable work skills while providing a financial resource to meet immediate and future needs.

Other facilities[edit]

Work centers[edit]

  • Nampa Community Work Center
  • East Boise Community Work Center
  • Twin Falls Community Work Center, closed August 1, 2011.[17]
  • Idaho Falls Community Work Center

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Idaho Department of Correction - About Us." Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Locations." Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 4, 2011.
  3. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - Correctional Alternative Placement Program Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - Idaho Maximum Security Institution Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  5. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - South Boise Women's Correctional Center Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  6. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - South Idaho Correctional Institution Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  7. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - South Idaho Correctional Institution Community Work Center Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  8. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - Idaho Correctional Institution - Orofino Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  9. ^ "Orofino city, Idaho." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 4, 2011.
  10. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/01/03/idaho-prison/4304689/
  11. ^ http://www.idoc.idaho.gov/content/kit_carson_correctional_center
  12. ^ Roche, Kevin (November 15, 1974). "State signs lease on Job Corps site". Lewiston Morning Tribune. p. 16A. 
  13. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - Pocatello Women's Correctional Center Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  14. ^ "Static Printable Map of Pocatello & Chubbuck." City of Pocatello. Retrieved on 4 June 2011.
  15. ^ Idaho Department of Correction - St. Anthony Work Camp Idaho Department of Correction. Retrieved on June 14, 2011.
  16. ^ "St. Anthony city, Idaho." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 3, 2011.
  17. ^ "Twin Falls Community Work Center | Idaho Department of Correction". idoc.idaho.gov. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

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