All types of law enforcement create Idaho inmate records. The process begins when someone is arrested, and a RAP sheet is filled out. This document includes the suspect’s name, address, physical description, and details about their crime. Once they are placed in jail, the paper trail continues, and everything that happens in their life is documented and added to the file. The Idaho Department of Correction is the entity in charge of storing and managing inmate records. They store the records online in a centralized database so that anyone can perform an inmate search easily.
The state of Idaho makes it easy to search for an inmate or a sex offender. Directly on the main Idaho Department of Correction website, they have buttons to perform an Idaho prison inmate search or locate a sex offender. Idaho’s inmate locator feature allows other agencies, victims, and the general public to conduct an inmate search using the inmate’s first and last names or an IDOC number (prison inmate identification). The list of results will display the IDOC, the offender’s name, age, and status. Clicking on the IDOC number will show additional details. When performing an official Idaho inmate search, always contact the state DOC to find an inmate. When performing a private lookup for Idaho inmate records, try the Infotracer search tool to find arrests, court records and more.
Idaho has roughly 8,000 inmates located in their ten state prisons and four community reentry centers. The Idaho Department of Correction is the government agency in charge of operations and management for the entire prison system, and it is headed up by the Director, Josh Tewalt. The Idaho prison system consists of:
Idaho keeps all inmate records online in a centralized database making it easy to perform an Idaho prison inmate search any time day or night.
Idaho has a fairly basic prison system including ten state prisons overseen by the Idaho Department of Correction along with four community reentry centers where inmates transition before being released into society. There are no federal prisons in Idaho. However, they do have two out-of-state prisons and three juvenile detention centers that house underage youth offenders. Although there is no directory list, many of the local Sheriff’s Departments have county jails to house temporary inmates who are awaiting trial or sentencing.
Idaho’s prison system holds 8,252 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 6,915 residents are held in state prisons, 126 in federal prisons, and 791 in local jails.
Idaho has ten state prisons where roughly 8,000 inmates reside. Two of the prisons house only female inmates, and the rest have males only. They range in custody level from maximum security to low security, and one provides a work alternative for low-risk inmates. The list of Idaho state prisons includes:
It is quite easy to locate an Idaho inmate in jail or prison. Since the Idaho Department of Correction keeps track of all inmates for the state, they have a centralized database that can be used to perform inmate searches. Follow the instructions below:
Many of the 44 counties in Idaho have a Sheriff’s Office, and they manage and operate a local county jail. These jails house suspects while they are awaiting a hearing or trial. In some cases, a judge will sentence an offender to a short-term stay in jail rather than sending them to prison. Each county has a website, and many of them have a portal to lookup an Idaho jail inmate online.
Since each Idaho jail is independent and handled by the local Sheriff’s Office, someone wishing to perform an Idaho jail inmate search should contact the Sheriff’s Office directly. An online search may yield a local county website with an offender search tool, but not all of them post inmates online. The best thing to do is to give them a call to find someone located there.
Idaho also has an Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections that oversees the three juvenile detention centers for the state. These facilities house youth offenders who are under the age of 18. According to the IDJC, these detention centers “include medical, educational, cognitive-behavioral, residential rehabilitative, and specialized programs for adjudicated sex offenders, female offenders, juveniles with mental health needs, juveniles with serious chemical dependency needs, and serious juvenile offenders.” The juvenile detention centers in Idaho are:
The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections manages and operates the three juvenile detention centers for the state. The process of looking up someone in a juvenile detention center is straightforward. Since juvenile records are sealed and not made public, only family and authorized agents can contact juveniles within these facilities. However, interested parties may contact the IDJC directly to inquire as to a specific inmate, and they can find out information about how to visit, sent mail or packages or money.
Due to overcrowding in the Idaho state prisons, as of September 2018, Idaho sent 620 inmates to a facility in Texas called Eagle Pass Correctional Facility. This is a medium-custody private prison owned and operated by GEO Group. Additionally, Idaho sent another 150 male inmates to the Karnes County Correctional Center in February of 2018. This facility is also owned and operated by GEO Group. Both arrangements are temporary until legislation targeted towards prison reform resolves the overcrowding problem.
Since the inmates housed in private, out-of-state prisons are within the Idaho Department of Correction, anyone can search for them using the same method as with state prisons. To perform an Idaho inmate search, follow the process below:
The state of Idaho also has four community reentry centers whose mission is to facilitate a smooth transition back into society. When an inmate is getting close to their release date, they are moved to a reentry center to begin work and acclimate to normal life. They are encouraged to reconnect with friends and family and get ready for life on the outside. The community reentry centers in Idaho are:
These centers protect the community through a program of strict supervision.
All inmates housed in an Idaho community reentry center is still within the Idaho Department of Corrections system and therefore the process to find an Idaho inmate in one of these transitional facilities is as outlined below:
Idaho has a high incarceration rate that is more than the average U.S. rate. With more than 8,000 people housed in prison and jail in the state, overcrowding is an issue. Seven percent of the inmates in Idaho prison are there due to a parole violation. The highest number of inmates are in prison because of drug charges, followed closely by assault, then property damage. More than 1,400 are in Idaho prisons due to sexual assaults. Four hundred and one inmates are there because they have committed murder.
Idaho’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 435, which is lower than an average incarceration rate by 3%. The number of Idaho prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 8,252, from which 12% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 7,239 in 2016.
Idaho is serious about recidivism and has put into place a program (for select inmates) where they are moved to a community reentry center before being released. These facilities allow the inmate to secure a job, get reunited with friends and family, and find suitable living arrangements before being back out on their own. This program is highly supervised to protect the community. Other inmates who do not qualify will simply be released back into society and return to their families.
Parole is when an inmate is released from prison early to go back home, but with strict regulations, they must follow. Generally, these stipulations include visiting with a parole officer at least once a week. Other rules may consist of acquiring a job, finding a place to live, and other court-ordered mandates. If an inmate let out on parole does not follow these rules, they will immediately go back to prison to finish out their sentence.
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|State Parole Population:||5,054|
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Probation is an alternative to jail or prison. Judges have the option when sentencing an offender (if they are a first-time offender or low-risk) to order probation instead of prison. Probation is a supervisory program with strict rules enforced by the court. If a person on probation does not comply with the rules, their probation will be revoked, and they will go to prison.
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|State Probation Population:||32,409|
|Change in 2016:||-1%|