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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019

‘Not in my backyard’: Kootenai County residents mount opposition to planned inmate re-entry center

The proposed facility is one of several projects aimed at reducing overcrowding in the state’s prison system, where roughly 62% of inmates are held for probation or parole violations – …

ACLU argues Idaho judge should force disclosure of execution drugs

Idaho’s attempt to withhold information about the source of its lethal injection drugs is similar to hiding the type of ammunition used by firing squads or the brand of rope …

Witness: Prison officials kept misleading financial books

A former Idaho Department of Correction employee testified Friday that prison supervisors kept three sets of financial books in an effort to hide the full costs of lethal injection executions …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018

Judge orders Idaho to give transgender inmate gender surgery

A federal judge says Idaho must provide gender confirmation surgery to a transgender inmate who has been living as a woman for years but who has continuously been housed in …

Idaho Department of Correction looking to open re-entry center

The Idaho Department of Correction is looking to open a re-entry center in the Twin Falls area where as many as 120 minimum-security state prisoners could live and work.

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017

Idaho inmate gets fed prison time for mailing threat to Washington state judge

An Idaho state prison inmate with a long record of attacking guards has been convicted of mailing death threats to a Washington state judge, and sentenced to a federal prison …

UPDATED: Wed., May 10, 2017

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 …

Escape attempt by convicted killer fails in southwestern Idaho

Authorities say an escape attempt by a convicted killer at the medium security Idaho State Correctional Institution near Kuna in southwest Idaho has failed.

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.

Inmate dies at Idaho prison south of Boise

Officials say a 74-year-old inmate at the Idaho State Correctional Institution south of Boise has died of natural causes.

Teen says he was injured by Idaho juvenile detention worker

A teen has filed a tort claim against the Idaho Department of Juvenile Correction because he says he sustained a concussion and a badly broken collarbone when a department employee …

Idaho prison staffing problems were no secret to state

BOISE – Administrators and staff at Idaho’s prison agency knew since at least 2010 that private prison contractor Corrections Corporation of America was understaffing the state’s largest prison in violation …

Idaho inmate pleads guilty to mail fraud counts

BOISE – The Idaho prison inmate who carried out elaborate con schemes from behind bars pleaded guilty Thursday to two federal counts of mail fraud under a deal that enables …

Board of Correction puts contract up for bid

BOISE – Idaho prison leaders are looking for a new company to run the state’s largest prison after Corrections Corporation of America admitted to understaffing and overbilling for its work …

Idaho works on prison reform

BOISE – Idaho has some of the nation’s lowest crime rates, but its prison population is growing quickly at a time when most states are seeing declines. In response, the …

Prison guard unravels con’s alleged mail fraud

Longtime Idaho prison inmate Mark Anthony Brown had only been at the Idaho Correctional Institution in Orofino for five months when suspicions were aroused. In March 2012, a mail room …

Idaho inmate accused of continuing fraudulent ways in prison

It’s clear that Mark Brown is a smart guy, maybe even borderline brilliant. But what’s astounding is the way he apparently pulled off a major, yearslong financial fraud, taking in …

Eye on Boise: Two stream gauges escape budget ax

BOISE – It now looks like three stream flow gauges will be shut off May 1 in Idaho, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Idaho Water Science Center, down from …

Idaho inmates claim gangs run prison

A gang war that appears to have taken over parts of an Idaho private prison is spilling into the federal courts, with some inmates contending prison officials are ceding control …

Inmate escapes again from Benewah County Jail

A burglar who escaped from the Benewah County Jail in July escaped again early today, authorities say.

Benewah County jail escapee arrested in Idaho

A convicted burglar who escaped from the Benewah County Jail on Friday was arrested early Wednesday in southern Kootenai County.

Medical contract for state prison inmates saves money

An Idaho Department of Correction official said the agency is saving more than $525,000 on a new medical contract for state prison inmates due to increased preventive care.

Idaho brings out-of-state prisoners home

Idaho’s venture into shipping inmates out of state to relieve overcrowding is over, for now.

Work crew escapees captured in Montana

Three prisoners who walked away from a work crew near the Idaho/Montana border were arrested after a store clerk saw two in a parking lot minutes after a deputy dropped …

Idaho Correction Department to cut 38 jobs, impose furloughs

LEWISTON – The Idaho Department of Correction will cut 38 positions this summer and take other steps to save about $4.7 million, the agency’s director said. Brent Reinke said the …

Idaho considers more private prison beds

BOISE – Two out of every five prison beds in Idaho would be privately run if the Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino is privatized, Idaho Department of Correction Director Brent Reinke told …