George Prentice

There are nearly 100 American Legion posts in Idaho. And on Veterans Day - from Aberdeen to Wendell - Idaho veterans are gathering to honor one another's service. But most Idahoans are unaware that one of the most engaged American Legion posts is behind the walls of the Idaho State Correctional Center, the huge men's prison south of Boise.


Yoga therapist Kaelyn Rogers spent a year-and-a-half traveleing the world, studying yoga and contemplating how she could bring that experience back to Boise to the benefit of the community. Rogers' solution was to bring yoga into IDOC facilities and train inmates. The program has been successful and on Thursday, she joins Idaho Matters with Deputy Warden Randy Valley from the Idaho State Correctional Institution.

On The Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Mar 26, 2019

  • Fourth District judge finds IDOC withheld public information on execution drugs.
  • State legislators seek to change ballot initiative procedures and Medicare qualifiers.
  • Film production at the Old Pen guaranteed to scare.
  • A film festival highlighting dance in cinema comes to Boise.

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One of the many challenges met by recently-released state inmates is a lack of identification. This can make it difficult to rent a home or get a job and it creates further problems when dealing with the DMV or probation departments. A new program makes sure recently released felons are not starting over from behind the eight ball by providing ID on release.

  • Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd discusses serving through four terms of growth.
  • State lawmakers propose aiding veterans with fertility services.
  • IDOC will provide new releases with official identification for jobs, rentals, etc.

Association of State Correctional Administrators

In late November, Josh Tewalt was appointed by the Idaho Board of Correction to lead IDOC. He replaced Henry Atencio, who directed the department for 28 years. Tewalt joins Idaho Matters to discuss recent allegations about conditions in a Texas prison where Idaho inmates are serving time, the proposed $500 million prison expansion and the future of corrections in a state with a rapidly growing population.

  • New director parses out plans for Idaho Department of Correction's future.
  • A photographer documents the last of the mountain caribou.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters provides much needed mentorship.
  • A state program helps Idahoans plan for rising college costs.

On The Friday, December 28, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Dec 28, 2018

  • Idaho Matters presents an encore broadcast of our four-part look into the the fastest-growing demographic in Idaho prisons: women.

Bannock County Sheriff Describes Jailhouse Riot

Jul 17, 2018
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.

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.

Idaho Officials Look For Solutions To Prison Overcrowding

Jul 16, 2018
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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 talk with Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett and state representatives Lynn Luker (R-15th) and John McCrostie (D-16th) about the impacts they're seeing in Ada jails.

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

Jul 13, 2018

  • 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.

IDOC Director Discusses Solutions To Prison Overcrowding

Jul 12, 2018

The state's prison system is experiencing critical overcrowding. Inmates are being farmed out to penitentiaries in other states and county jails, and the inmate population is expected to surpass 10,000 by 2020.

Boise Philharmonic Performs Haydn For Inmates

May 11, 2018
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Earlier this week, members of the Boise Philharmonic performed Haydn's Sunrise Quartet for some unique audience members ... inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution. The philharmonic's string quartet played for about an hour in the facility's chapel in front of 500 men.