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Woman’s struggle with mental illness, jail inspires bill

In this Friday March, 17, 2017, photo, Renee Williams poses for a photo in Nampa, Idaho. Williams is the mother of 26-year-old Katelyn Hodges, a serial defendant, deemed a danger to herself and others, who's racked up dozens of charges. With multiple mental and developmental issues, Katelyn is viewed as a catalyst, a conundrum, an exemplar of how Idaho's system fails the mentally ill. (Kyle Green / AP)
A new law, signed last month by Gov. Butch Otter, seeks to provide a more secure, more appropriate place to house people in her situation than jail or an unsecured treatment center. All involved agree it’s a move in the right direction. But it’s a short-term step – and big questions remain about how to help her and other Idahoans in extreme distress.

Idaho officials say claims exaggerated in prison lawsuit

A lawsuit was first brought by inmates in 1981 that contends unconstitutionally poor medical care was provided to prisoners at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. (Courtesy photo / Idaho State Correctional Institution)
Attorneys for the Idaho Department of Correction say inmates exaggerated problems with the prison medical care system and waited too long to complain, and as a result, prison officials shouldn’t be held in contempt of court for violating a settlement in a decades-old class action lawsuit.

Idaho fatal shooting suspect charged with gun crime

A man authorities are investigating in connection to a fatal shooting outside his home has been charged with illegally owning a gun as a convicted felon, but prosecutors say he could face more serious charges.

Idaho World War II-era internment camp opens visitor center

In this June 13, 2006, file photo, Minidoka Internment National Monument superintendent Neil King is shown surveying the remnants of a warehouse at the monument, at Hunt, Idaho. An estimated 13,000 Japanese Americans were detained at the site during World War II. (CHRIS SMITH / AP)
Visitors to the Minidoka War Relocation Center in southern Idaho will get a closer sense of what life was like for thousands of Japanese Americans forced to live at the internment camp during World War II now that a new visitor center has opened at the site.

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