Idaho has the sixth-highest growth rate for spending on corrections in the last 25 years, and with the state’s governor proposing a 12.1% budget increase for the Idaho Department of Correction, the department’s director says the state is at a “critical juncture.”
Idaho's climbing prison population has a group of lawmakers giving a second look at some recommendations made by policy experts three years ago, including reclassifying some felonies as misdemeanors and increasing efforts to prevent people from going to prison in the first place.
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.
Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a prison south of Boise after he was assaulted earlier this morning. In a press statement, the Idaho Department of Corrections said Glenn Arthur Cox had been assaulted at just before 1 a.m.