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Eye On Boise Idaho Department of Correction archive

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2018

Hospital sues Idaho prison contractor over medical bills

A hospital system has filed a lawsuit against a company hired to provide medical care for Idaho's prison inmates, claiming it owes more than $14 million in medical bills. The Idaho Statesman reports the Saint Alphonsus Health System filed the suit Wednesday against prison contractor Corizon, claiming it has refused pay...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

FRIDAY, FEB. 9, 2018

SUNDAY, JAN. 7, 2018

FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018

FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2017

Idaho, facing crowded prisons, to send inmates out of state

As many as 1,000 Idaho inmates could soon be serving out their time in out-of-state prisons as the state grapples with overcrowding at home. The inmates could end up in a private prison facility – despite Idaho's long history of trouble when it comes to getting some private prison providers to meet the terms of their contracts...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 20, 2017


WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017

FRIDAY, SEPT. 22, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

Idaho officials say claims exaggerated in prison lawsuit

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. The court documents were filed late last week...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017

Inmates walk from their cellblock to the dining hall at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise. (Charlie Litchfield / File/Associated Press)

Idaho faces class-action lawsuit over failure to provide kosher meals for Jewish prisoners 

Despite years of warnings, Idaho’s state prison system is continuing to refuse to provide kosher meals to Jewish inmates, according to a federal class-action lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Idaho. Jewish prisoners have repeatedly filed grievances and requests for kosher meals, only to be denied. And during the eight-day Jewish festival of Passover...

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THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2016

Authorities investigating inmate's death at Idaho prison

The Ada County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an inmate at a prison south of Boise. The Idaho Department of Correction in a statement Monday says it requested the investigation following the death of 22-year-old Jerry Michael Cruz on Oct. 13. The agency says correctional officers found Cruz at about 2:15 p.m. hanging in his cell...

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2016

THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2015

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015

THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015

Death row inmate dies after long illness 

The Idaho Department of Correction reports today that Darrell Edward Payne, 49, a convicted murderer facing a death sentence along with life sentences for rape, robbery and kidnapping, has died after a long illness. Payne was pronounced dead at 5:05 a.m. at the Idaho Maximum...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2015

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014


Idaho state prisons chief submits resignation

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke is stepping down from his post after leading the department since 2007. His tenure included overseeing the fallout of a private-prison scandal, handling the first two...

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

Idaho Death Row inmate, 41, dies after long illness 

An inmate on Idaho’s Death Row died today after an extended illness, the state Department of Correction announced; Michael Allen Jauhola had been on Death Row at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution (The Max) since 2001, and had been transferred to the prison’s medical unit...

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