Prison

Bannock County

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 speak with Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen about the stress this is causing in his county's jail.

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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.

  • 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.

  • IDOC over-crowding causes problems for county jails.
  • The Old Pen used to keep prisoners in, now they can't keep visitors out.
  • The 103rd Snake River Stampede kicks off on Tuesday.

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On Tuesday, four ex-business executives from Meridian will face a magistrate judge before being sent to prison for numerous counts of fraud. This comes after four years of appeals and legal proceedings.

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Idaho prisons are so overcrowded the Idaho Department of Corrections is forced to send state prisoners to other states for incarceration. Idaho officials are discussing the possibility of a new half-billion dollar prison to accommodate the prison population. Idaho Press Boise Bureau Chief Betsy Russell joins Idaho Matters to talk about her coverage of the proposal.

Saint Alphonsus Hospital
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One of the Treasure Valley’s largest health care providers, Saint Alphonsus, sued a private prison contractor in a federal court this week. The medical group says it’s owed millions for procedures on inmates.

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A man was sentenced Monday to life in prison after being convicted of fatally shooting his girlfriend's ex-husband in an ambush.

Joshua Alberts was convicted of second-degree murder for the February 2016 killing of Joshua Warren.

According to prosecutors, Alberts shot Warren at least 12 times in the face, neck, and torso while Warren was unarmed.

Alberts shot Warren when he went to the apartment complex where his ex-wife lived to pick up his two children.