Idaho Prisons

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

A lawsuit on viewing Idaho prisoner executions from start to finish is headed to mediation.  Federal judge Edward Lodge today set the negotiating session for June 1st. 

News agencies sued Idaho officials to allow reporters to observe and report any complications during lethal injections.  State officials say they can’t do that.  They want to protect the identity of those who prepare inmates for execution.

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Associated Press and other news agencies sued the state of Idaho yesterday to view executions from start to finish.  They want to be able to observe and report any complications that might come up. 

Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho inmate Richard Leavitt is scheduled for lethal injection on June 12th.  That will come seven months after the state used a mixture of three drugs to execute Paul Rhoades.  Idaho Department of Correction officials said today based on what they learned from that execution, they’ll now use just one drug.

Idaho Prison Agrees To Improve Medical Care

May 16, 2012
Scott Ki / Boise State Public Radio

The Idaho Department of Correction has reached an agreement with the inmates at one of its prisons. This comes from a lawsuit spanning more than three decades.

Jason Prince is a lawyer who represents 1,600 inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. He’s spent the last few months negotiating an agreement on changes to medical care at the prison near Boise. Prince says the biggest change will be increased staff.

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 The Idaho Department of Correction has reached an agreement over a lawsuit filed by prisoners more than 30 years ago. The agreement requires upgrades to medical facilities at the Idaho State Correctional Institution near Boise. The agreement reached in U.S. District Court Tuesday gives a six month deadline for initial improvements…followed by a 2 year monitoring period. Department of Corrections director Brent Reinke says the initial cost of the changes will be more than $1.5 million.

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A federal judge released a doctor’s report today on health care at Idaho’s oldest and largest prison.  Dr. Marc Stern wrote the study.  Stern “found serious problems with the delivery of medical and mental health care” at the Idaho State Correctional Institution.  Stern believes that  “authorities are deliberately indifferent to the serious health care needs” of the inmates. 

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