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Former state prison chief gets national role

Tom Beauclair, Idaho’s state corrections director from 2001 to 2006, has been named deputy director of the National Institute of Correction in Washington, D.C. Brent Reinke, current Idaho director, had praise for Beauclair. “Tom moved the agency forward significantly during his tenure. Because of his leadership, Idaho corrections are recognized nationwide as a leader in re-entry and treatment,” Reinke said.

Beauclair started his career in corrections as a guard at the Old State Penitentiary in 1972 and rose through the ranks to the department’s top job. Then-Gov. Jim Risch replaced him last summer with former Ada County Sheriff Vaughn Killeen. Current Gov. Butch Otter then replaced Killeen with Reinke, who had served as the state’s director of juvenile corrections.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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