On The Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

Jul 17, 2018
  • Our conversation about the state of corrections in Idaho continues.
  • A controversial presidential pardon sends a message across the Northwest.
  • The Old Pen used to keep prisoners in, now they can't keep visitors out.
  • We go on a quest for the lost books of Walt Whitman.

- We continue our conversation about the state of Idaho's incarcerated population. Late last Wednesday, a riot broke out in the Bannock County jail. The Idaho Department of Corrections has been housing state inamtes in county jails due to overcrowding and on Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we'll speak with Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen about the stress this is causing in his county's jail.

 

- Last Wednesday, President Trump issued pardons to Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son Steven. The pair had been found guilty of arson of federal property after their protest against the federal government over grazing rights. Their incarceration set off the events that led to the occupation of the Malhuer Federal Reserve. We'll talk to Mountain West correspondent Amanda Peacher about the pardon and what it means about the relationship between Northwest ranchers and the federal government.

 

The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise closed 45 years ago, and as hard as they tried to keep people in, these days they can't keep people out. Amber Bierle of the Idaho State Historical Society talks about the history of the "Old Pen" and some of the upcoming events.

 

- Walt Whitman's works have been analyzed by scholars since his passing in 1892 and University of Idaho American literature assistant professor Zachery Turpin is digging through archives and manuscripts in search of Whitman's "lost" works.  Turpin joins us to talk about his quest for literature's "National Treasure."