Congress Reinstates Pell Grants for Incarcerated People

Since 1994 incarcerated people were barred from receiving Pell Grants for college. That's changing. More than 700,000 incarcerated individuals leave federal and state prisons annually and return to their local communities where they will have to compete for jobs. In today’s world, having a college education is necessary to compete for many jobs; two-thirds of …

A Message from IDOC Deputy Director Bree Derrick

COVID-19 Update 7/8/2020 Hello everyone, Director Tewalt asked me to send tonight’s COVID-19 update message. It’s been another busy day for our agency and as of about 4pm, our lives just got a little more complicated. As a result of our pre-release testing for everyone leaving an IDOC facility, we have learned that we have …

Idaho Prisoners and the COVID-19 Virus

Eight people in IDOC custody have been tested for COVID-19. The results for all eight tests were negative. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in any facilities operated by IDOC.  Yet. The scientific name for COVID-19 is "SARS-CoV-2". Coronavirus is a form of SARS. We have seen fatality rates as high as 27% in …

IDOC Taking Steps to Keep Idaho's Prisoners Safe

COVID-19 is actively changing the way we live our lives in the free world. For many prisoners, the effects on those of us on the outside are beyond belief. Without having seen the empty store shelves, or feeling the effects of school, restaurant and other business closures are impossible to wrap their minds around. The …

Housing for Justice-Involved Persons

Many people who have served time for various crimes have difficulty adjusting to life after release. In many cases, there is difficulty interacting with people, especially if they have been in prison for years. Some are lucky enough to be able to live with family, while others are not so lucky. Others prefer to remain …

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