The state of Idaho has dozens of community-based, state-run juvenile detention centers. They are spread across the state so that juveniles can be close to their families and receive visits along with benefit from community resources after release. The state-run facilities serve 268 youth offenders ranging in age from 10–20 years old. Currently, the state has too many youth offenders to serve within state programs. Roughly 70% do reside in state-run facilities, and another 30% of the total 329 youths are sent to private contracted facilities inside and outside of the state. The state contracts with both residential and non-residential programs to supplement their youth services.
The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections is the government agency in charge of all Idaho juvenile inmate records. Although it is impossible to run an Idaho juvenile detention center inmate search online, someone could contact the IDJC directly, or one of the facilities to get information on an inmate held there. The Idaho Department of Correction’s mission is “To develop productive citizens in active partnership with communities.” In conjunction with that mission, they use the following core values:
On their website they have information for family and friends, visiting hours and how to send gifts and money. They also have information for victims and parents.
Idaho juvenile detention facilities hold youth offenders awaiting sentencing or those who have been assigned to custody for a period of months or years. These facilities have special programs to help sex offenders, female inmates, juveniles with mental health issues or substance abuse problems, and co-occurring disorders. According to the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections, “The programs offered are recognized as being on the cutting edge of modern juvenile correctional programming and follow nationally accepted standards for the treatment of juvenile offenders.”
All educational services are provided by accredited school programs and teachers.
Of the total 337 juvenile delinquents held in detention in Idaho, roughly 90% are male and the rest female. The average length of time that a youth offender stays in juvenile detention in Idaho is 17 months. About 75% of the youths successfully complete their programs and get moved to a lower custody level while in the state’s care.