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Eye On Boise Idaho state prisons 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, MARCH 2, 2018

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7, 2018

Idaho prisons director seeks 7 percent budget boost

Idaho's top prison official wants about a 7 percent budget increase, with much of the money going to fund beds and services for the state's growing prison population and to revamp the state's computer system for tracking inmates. If approved, the Department of Correction's budget would reach $264.4 million for the fiscal year beginning in July...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 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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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2017

MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2017

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, MARCH 9, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2017

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016

Atencio named Idaho's new state prisons chief

Henry Atencio, the current deputy director, has been named the new director of Idaho’s state prison system, succeeding Kevin Kempf, who will depart Dec. 16 to head the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Atencio, a 26-year veteran of the department, will be the first Hispanic...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 18, 2015

THURSDAY, SEPT. 17, 2015

Idaho prisons to revamp treatment programs

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is eliminating one prison treatment program and will be revamping several others after an in-depth assessment showed that some were ineffective and many relied on outdated research. Idaho Department of Correction Director...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2015

THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015

WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2015

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015

Inmates, Idaho prison officials face off in decades-old lawsuit 

Inmates at an Idaho prison are asking a federal judge to sanction the state because they believe prison officials deliberately misled a court-appointed examiner on prison health care by tampering with medical records and hiding problem inmates. The Idaho Department of Correction, meanwhile, contends the inmates' claims are without merit and...

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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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THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

Idaho inmate fraud artist takes plea deal

Idaho inmate fraud artist Mark Brown pleaded guilty today to two federal counts of mail fraud, avoiding a trial on a 12-count federal indictment and agreeing to forfeit $60,000 in proceeds from his scam. Brown also agreed, as part of a plea agreement with federal...

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FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013


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