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On The Monday, July 16, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

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  • 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.

- The increased prison population at the Idaho Department of Corrections has forced officials to place some prisoners in county jails for housing. This has led to a stretching of resources for the state's county sheriffs; such overcrowding led to a riot in the Bannock County jail on Wednesday. We'll talk with Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett about the impacts he's seeing in Ada jails.

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, including a scavenger hunt on Friday the 13th.

- A $400,000 purse makes the Snake River Stampede one of the top stops on the rodeo circuit. This Tuesday, barrel-riders, bullfighters, bronco-busters and their fans will descend on Nampa for the 103rd running of the Snake River Stampede and on Monday's Idaho Matters we'll talk about the legacy of rodeo in the West and more than a century of stampeding in the Gem State.