Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports  For the first time in more than a decade, with the support of the governor, the Idaho Department of Correction is asking lawmakers for funding to build a new prison. On Tuesday, IDOC Director Josh Tewalt pitched his $333 million budget request to the Joint Finance Appropriation Committee, outlining someContinue reading “Idaho Department of Correction hopes to build new women’s prison”

IDOC replaces prison health care provider

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports As coronavirus continues to rage across Idaho’s unvaccinated population, the Idaho Department of Correction has changed health care providers. IDOC is responsible for the health care of roughly 8,000 people in the department’s custody. For more than 10 years, the department contracted with Corizon Health. Corizon was established in 2011,Continue reading “IDOC replaces prison health care provider”

IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports Attorneys filed a variety of legal actions in both federal court and at the Idaho Supreme Court in recent months while Gerald Pizzuto Jr. awaits a decision on his potential execution. Pizzuto, 65, has been on death row in Idaho for more than 35 years after he was convicted ofContinue reading “IDOC requests judgement in Pizzuto case as execution date looms”

Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports The Idaho Department of Correction houses more than 8,000 people in custody and the latest updates show coronavirus infection numbers are again increasing.  In a COVID update posted Thursday, IDOC deputy director Bree Derrick wrote about how the Delta variant has changed the game. “First and foremost, please remain vigilantContinue reading “Idaho prisons continue to combat COVID infections among staff, residents”

Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help

By Ruth Brown, Idaho Reports At the height of the pandemic, coronavirus ripped through the Idaho prisons, spreading among the more than 8,400 people housed in state facilities. As of Friday, the current infection rates in the Idaho Department of Correction facilities remained relatively low, like rates in the rest of the state, but vaccinationContinue reading “Some Idaho prisons have higher vaccination rates than the general public, National Guard offering help”