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How Are Inmate Records in Idaho Created and Stored?

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.

HHow to Find if Someone is in Jail or Prison in Idaho?

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.

What Does Idaho’s Prison System Look Like?

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:

  • 10 State Prisons
  • 2 Out-Of-State Prisons
  • 0 Federal Prisons
  • 3 Juvenile Detention Centers
  • County Jails in many counties
  • 4 Community Reentry Centers

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.

Did you Know?

  • 88% of prison inmates in Idaho are male, 12% female.
  • From 1979–80 to 2012–13, state and local government expenditures on corrections in Idaho increased by 701 percent (from $38,928,581 to $311,749,000).
  • As of 2016, there were 1,013 women in Idaho federal prisons.
  • Between 2007 and 2016, the Idaho prison population increased by 13%
  • Juvenile Custody Rate (per 100 000) in Idaho is 200, which is lower than national average of 450 by 56%.

Types of Jails/Prisons in Idaho

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.

How Many People are Locked up in Idaho?

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.

Correctional Facilities: Totals:
Federal Prisons126
State Prisons6,915
Local Jails791
Private Prisons420

Idaho State Prisons

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:

  • Correctional Alternative Placement Program (CAPP)
  • Idaho Maximum Security Institution (IMSI)
  • Idaho State Correctional Center (ISCC)
  • Idaho State Correctional Institution (ISCI)
  • South Boise Women’s Correctional Center (SBWCC)
  • South Idaho Correctional Institution (SICI)
  • North Idaho Correctional Institution (NICI)
  • Idaho Correctional Institution-Orofino (ICIO)
  • Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center (PWCC)
  • St. Anthony Work Camp (SAWC)

 

How to Search for State Prison Inmates

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:

  1. Visit the Idaho Department of Correction website
  2. Look for the box labeled “Looking for an Offender?
  3. Click the Offender Search button
  4. Enter either the last name (the first name is optional) or IDOC number
  5. Hit the search button and review the results
  6. The table will list the IDOC, the offender’s name, age, and status
  7. You can then click the IDOC to see additional details

 

Idaho County Jails

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.

Idaho's County and Local Jail Prison Population During 2011-2016 years

201120122013201420152016
Total588467662620814791
Male469243363349591587
Female119224299271223204

How to Search for County Jail Inmates

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 Juvenile Detention Centers

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:

  • JCC–Lewiston - 36 beds
  • JCC–Nampa - 84 beds
  • JCC–St. Anthony - 150 beds

 

How to Search for Juvenile Detention Center Inmates

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.

Idaho Private Prisons

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.

How to Search for an Inmate in an Idaho Out-of-State Prison

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:

  1. Visit the Idaho Department of Correction website
  2. Look for the box labeled “Looking for an Offender
  3. Click the Offender Search button
  4. Enter either the last name (the first name is optional) or the IDOC number
  5. Hit the search button and review the results
  6. The table will list the IDOC, the offender’s name, age, and status
  7. You can then click the IDOC to see additional details

 

Idaho Reentry Facilities

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:

  • East Boise Community Reentry Center.
  • Treasure Valley Community Reentry Center.
  • Idaho Falls Community Reentry Center.
  • Nampa Community Reentry Center.

These centers protect the community through a program of strict supervision.

How to Search for Community Reentry Center Inmates

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:

  1. Visit theIdaho Department of Correction website.
  2. Look for the box labeled “Looking for an Offender?”
  3. Click the Offender Search button.
  4. Enter either the last name (the first name is optional) or the IDOC number.
  5. Hit the search button and review the results.
  6. The table will list the IDOC, the offender’s name, age, and status.
  7. You can then click the IDOC to see additional details.

Why are People Incarcerated in Idaho?

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 and Statistics

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.

2011201220132014201520162017
Total487499507489435435447
Male861871882852757755777
Female111126131125112113114

Where Do Idaho Inmates Go When They are Released?

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.

How Does Parole Work in Idaho?

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.

Parole Population

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Parole Population: 5,054
Entries: 3,055
Exits: 2,876
Change in 2016: 3%

How Does Someone Get Probation in Idaho?

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.

Probation Statistics

Type of Parole Entry: Number of Parolees:
State Probation Population: 32,409
Entries: 12,480
Exits: 12,969
Change in 2016: -1%

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