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Idaho prisons mulling 20 percent budget boost

Top officials with the Idaho Department of Correction are considering telling state lawmakers they need a nearly 20 percent budget increase to fund beds, staff and services for the state’s growing prison population.

Judge: Idaho waited a year before reading prison court order

A federal judge has ruled that Idaho prison officials failed to enact court-mandated prison health care improvements for two years from 2014 to 2016 and that some of the officials did not read the court order outlining what was supposed to be done. U.S. District Judge David Carter said in the ruling...

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...

Idaho prisons director resigns to lead national organization

Idaho Department of Correction Director Kevin Kempf is resigning to take a job as the executive director of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Kempf gave the state Board of Correction his resignation on Monday, he said in an email, calling the decision "bittersweet."

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...

With fewer prisoners, Idaho bringing inmates back from out of state

Idaho’s state prison population grown has fallen off below projections, and the state will be bringing back all 173 of its inmates who now are being housed in a private prison in Colorado by April, state Corrections Director Kevin Kempf told legislative budget writers this...

Inmate civil rights lawsuits start to drop in Idaho

The number of federal civil rights lawsuits brought by Idaho inmates is dropping, and could stay in the double digits this year for the first time since 2006, the AP reports. Some of the biggest reforms to Idaho's prison system, including court-ordered improvements to medical...

Federal judge sanctions Idaho over prison health care case

A federal judge has sanctioned Idaho for misleading the court about medical and mental health care for inmates. The ruling from U.S. District Judge David Carter means that the Idaho Department of Correction will remain under the court's supervision until at least the fall of 2017...

Eye on Boise: Otter names Field to head correction board

Gov. Butch Otter has named Debbie Field, former chairwoman of the House Judiciary Committee, former state drug czar and former chairman of Otter’s re-election campaign, as the new chair of the state Board of Correction. That’s the board that oversees Idaho’s prison system; former chair Robin Sandy retired from the post a week ago. “Debbie has had a distinguished career as a first-rate lawmaker and member of my Cabinet. I am pleased she is joining the board and I have no doubt she will make a meaningful contribution in her new role,” Otter said.