Idaho prison officials are weighing their options, after a late-night riot at the Idaho State Correctional Institution last night wrecked a newly opened temporary housing unit that was scheduled to house 300 Idaho inmates the state hoped to return from out-of-state prisons. "At 11:30 p.m. last night (Friday) a group of inmates began destroying property inside a newly opened, temporary housing unit," the Department of Correction reported. "The inmates overturned furniture, broke a control room’s windows and started a small fire." Four inmates suffered minor injuries; the disturbance was declared under control at 1:05 a.m. Click below to read the department's full announcement. Last year, Idaho lawmakers were informed that the state's prisons, which had experienced years of relative calm, are seeing more violence due to gang activity.
Idaho Department of Correction
January 3, 2009
IDOC Investigates Disturbance at ISCI
BOISE - The Idaho Department of Correction (IDOC) is investigating a
disturbance at Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI), a medium
security prison south of Boise.
At 11:30 p.m. last night (Friday) a group of inmates began destroying
property inside a newly opened, temporary housing unit. The inmates
overturned furniture, broke a control room’s windows and started a
small fire. The Correctional Emergency Response Team responded to the
scene and declared the disturbance under control at 1:05 a.m.
Four inmates were hurt during the disturbance. All of the injuries are
minor. The other 195 inmates who were assigned to the unit have been
moved elsewhere in the prison. No staff members were hurt.
IDOC opened the temporary housing unit yesterday (Friday) in hopes of
making room for 300 Idaho inmates who are incarcerated out of state.
The department is now reviewing its options in the wake of this
The temporary housing unit was established in a building that used to
house inmate work programs. Inmates from another IDOC facility, South
Idaho Correctional Institution’s community work center, will clean up
Ada County Sheriff’s detectives and IDOC investigators are working to
determine who was involved in the disturbance and why it happened. The
sheriff’s office is leading the investigation. As a consequence, the
department will not comment on matters pertaining to the investigation
until it is completed.