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U.S. Attorney urges calm in Twin Falls case

Idaho U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson has issued a statement about the June 2 sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl involving three other children at a low-income apartment complex in Twin Falls that led to false stories, circulated nationally on the internet, about a supposed knifepoint...

Experts: Minor crimes can lead to lifetime of consequences

Being convicted of even some minor crimes can result in a lifetime of collateral consequences, experts say, including trouble finding jobs and housing. At a criminal justice reform conference at Concordia University School of Law this week, a panel of experts said society needs to address...

Raul Labrador says momentum building for bipartisan sentencing reform

Idaho GOP Congressman Raul Labrador says momentum is building in Congress for major criminal justice reforms, aimed at reversing decades of focus on long prison terms, even for non-violent and first-time offenders. “I believe that we’re going to see some of the greatest reforms in a generation,” Labrador told a criminal justice reform conference Monday in Boise.

US Attorney Wendy Olson: ‘Ensure the civil rights of all faiths’

U.S. Attorney for Idaho Wendy Olson is in Pocatello this afternoon, where she’s holding a press conference and meeting with Muslim, Arab and other international students at Idaho State University in Pocatello to discuss federal hate crimes and civil rights statutes that protect “persons of...

Idaho man remembers life before Disabilities Act

BOISE – Kelly Buckland remembers what it was like to live as a person with a disability in Idaho long before the Americans with Disabilities Act passed. A lifelong Idahoan whose dive into the Snake River at age 16 broke his neck and left him in a wheelchair, Buckland recalled relying on his classmates at Rigby High School to carry him up the steps into the school and back down at the end of classes.

Ex-clerk in Athol sentenced to prison for stealing $418,000 from city

Athol’s former city clerk will serve four years in prison for embezzling nearly $418,000 from the small North Idaho city’s budget over five years. Sally R. Hansen, who served as the clerk from 2009 to 2014, was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday and ordered to pay nearly half a million dollars in restitution and fines.

Idaho officials were warned about Capitol makeover shortcomings

BOISE – When Kelly Buckland and Bobbie Ball rolled their wheelchairs into a meeting with state public works officials several years ago, bringing a list of specific changes needed in Idaho’s state Capitol restoration project to accommodate people with disabilities, they thought they’d gotten the state’s attention. Buckland was the executive director of the State Independent Living Council at the time; Ball was the director of the Idaho Task Force on the Americans With Disabilities Act. The two went over the blueprints for Idaho’s $120 million Capitol renovation and expansion with state officials, pointing out things like the need for wheelchair-accessible seating in the House and Senate galleries and issues with elevators and doors.

Corrections Corporation of America cleared in Idaho prison scandal

BOISE – Federal prosecutors on Wednesday declined to file criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s controversial private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The company had been accused of knowingly understaffing the prison and falsifying records to cover up thousands of hours of vacant guard posts. In a 15-month investigation, the Department of Justice looked into whether the company defrauded the state under its $29 million annual contract and whether state officials tried to delay or prevent the investigation.

Federal prosecutors: No criminal charges in CCA investigation

After an extensive, 15-month investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice, federal prosecutors today declined to file any federal criminal charges of fraud or public corruption in connection with Idaho’s canceled private prison contract with Corrections Corporation of America. The main reason:...